Sunday, November 8, 2009

View Through the Dubuffet

Across from the convention center in downtown Houston, what used to be a parking lot is now a green space with a playground, a small lake and many artworks. Jean Dubuffet's "Monument Au Fantone." originally stood in front of a high-rise office tower in another part of downtown. Somehow, it has found its way to this new location, in which it seems to be more appreciated. Small children play hide and seek inside it. Teenagers climb up to sit in the crook of its colorful fiberglass legs This makes me cringe, but at least the sculpture has become a true part of its new neighborhood. In the late afternoon, I crossed the street to explore the sculpture, marveling at how well its shapes and colors relate to those of the convention center. Perhaps they really were meant all along to live near each other.