Discovery Green and Avenida de las Americas are experiencing an explosion of color right now thanks to a fun collaboration with The Color Condition. A series of massive, playful art installations have been constructed around the park and invite passersby’s to admire (and take copious amounts of pictures) with the festive, rainbow colored streamers.
The Discovery Green installation is called Arcade and is the largest commission created by The Color Condition since it was founded in 2010. The Color Condition is this fantastic collaboration between Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, two Dallas based artists, who have a “mutual love of color, pattern and movement.” After watching some playful videos of The Color Condition in action, I was stoked to see the art in person!
P.S. I realized later that I’d actually seen The Color Condition before at the 2014 Austin City Limits. Here’s the Instagram to prove it.
These themes of color, pattern and movement are strongly evident in the Discovery Green installation. When I stopped by earlier this week, I was mesmerized by the way the streamers–which are made of recycled materials–fluttered and danced in the wind. The whole experience is very whimsical and the sound the streamers make really drew me in.
Two main installations are scattered about the area, with plenty of little streamers attached to poles and arches throughout the park drawing you in towards the main exhibit. The first one that caught my eye was Double Dutch, which is a series of crisscross streamers zig zagging their way across Avenida de las Americas (my personal favorite!).
The other is Hopscotch, a dense canopy of streamers broken into two parts. The first is located near the Maconda’s Grove lawn behind the Grove restaurant and the other hangs over “The Wharf” of Avenida de las Americas.
The Color Condition will be on display from August 16, 2017 to November 14, 2o17. Discovery Green and Houston First are also hosting a “Color the Ave” event on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Activities will include “Color Remix,” a site-specific dance performance by Karen Stokes Dance Company, live music, a wearable art workshop and more. The event will conclude with an aerial performance off the George R. Brown by VauLT–which I saw last summer at the Art Blocks installation at Main Street Square and they’re awesome! Mark your calendars and be sure to swing by Downtown Houston before it’s gone!