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Artist David Adickes’ Newest Work Finds Its Home

The iconic Houston artist’s sculpture has just been unveiled in the First Ward.


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Picture of David Adickes with sculpture
Adickes on site for the installation of his 35-foot concrete sculpture, “ART.”

If you're not familiar with David Adickes' name, you may be familiar with his work. Such as the big We Love Houston sign on I-10 near The Heights. Now, his newest piece is up.

"The sculpture is called, ART. It's sort of a vertical version of my We love Houston," Adickes said while on site in front of the new Silos on Sawyer, just west of downtown Houston. He was sporting his shades and tennis shoes as men in a cherry picker were putting on the finishing touches.

The 35-foot concrete sculpture spells out the word "art" in colorful letters stacked on top of each other. The pedestal contains names of historical artists, but with a unique twist.

"At the front it says, ‘Your name here' in gold,” Adickes says. "So, basically, the whole thing is designed to be a ‘selfie spot' so people can be taking their pictures in front of it."

The installation coincides with a milestone event in the area.

"This is a big week for us, a huge week," says the Washington Avenue Arts District's Director Susannah Mitchell. "We get this iconic sculpture in place and we also will be hosting our first major exhibition, SITE Houston."

As the creative campus on Sawyer Street continues to expand, Adickes is already getting set for his next "bookend" piece, as he calls it. In this case, he's calling it Art is Fun.

Picture of David Adickes at sculpture
Adickes calls the sculpture a “selfie spot,” where people can snap a shot of themselves with the list of historic artists.

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