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Historic Houston Reservoir Debuts Second Art Installation

One of Houston's Most Popular Public Spaces Has a New Reason to Visit
May 10, 2018
One of Houston’s most striking public spaces is set to dazzle.

On Saturday, May 12, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) will reopen the doors to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern’s second art installation, Carlos Crus-Diez’s Spatial Chromointerference. The new mind-bending installation comes as a welcome addition to a park increasingly at the heart of life in Houston.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns. BBP re-discovered the Cistern in 2010 when it was developing the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project, a 160-acre green space west of downtown Houston.

For the second art installation in the Cistern, BBP commissioned pioneering artist Cruz-Diez to create the site-specific Spatial Chromointerference. Considered one of the fathers and greatest figures of Kinetic and Optical art, Cruz-Diez’s wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects and experimental works.

BBP opened the Cistern in 2016 and the inaugural art exhibition, Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern, was on view from December 2016 to June 2017. Since opening, the Cistern has welcomed more than 65,000 visitors.

For the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Cruz-Diez conceived an ephemeral and participatory work integrated into the architecture of the urban space, the objective being to radically change the experience of color. Twenty-six projectors line the walls, displaying lattices of moving chromatic light on the columns, interior walls, walkways and shallow water.

The work will be on view Wednesday through Friday from May 12, 2018 to January 13, 2019 at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern at 105 Sabine St. in Houston.

Kyle Hagerty, Houston Reporter  CoStar Group   
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