Arts & Culture

Downtown Houston Prepares For Super Bowl 2017 With Upcoming Art Installation

Attention may be on San Francisco for this weekend’s Super Bowl, but downtown Houston is already getting a facelift for hosting next year’s game.

By the end of February, the intersection of McKinney and Main Streets in downtown Houston will probably look a lot different than it does today. That's when artist Jessica Stockholder's Color Jam Houston makes a splash.

"It is a wash of color that literally envelops the sides of buildings and the sidewalk," says Angie Bertinot, Downtown District's Director of Marketing. "If a light post is in the way, it's washed with color. It actually is interacted on all four corners of the intersection."

Some of the other art will be the work of Houston artist Patrick Renner, known for his famous Funnel Tunnel on Montrose. At the corner of Main and Walker, the Main Street Marquee will hover in a large blank spot over a small grocery store, featuring a rotating exhibit by Texas artists Armando Castelan, Jamal Cyrus, Nataliya Scheib, and M. Giovanni Valderas. Brooklyn team YesYesNo is taking over two windows in the Sakowitz garage with a digital installation that invites passers-by to take part.

"You're going to be able to walk up to it and see yourself, and then slowly, your face will morph into this really crazy, funky mask," Bertinot explains.

The $700,000 venture is part of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority’s larger project to jazz up the 19-block stretch between Commerce and Pierce Streets. When finished, we'll have new street lighting, wider sidewalks, and landscaping, all in time to host Super Bowl 2017.

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