On Tuesday, April 8, the 38-foot high bronze sculpture Tree and Three Flowers by the artist James Surls will be formally dedicated as a work of public art on Kirby Drive in Houston. A product of a strong 50/50 public/private financial partnership, which leveraged TIRZ (that’s tax increment reinvestment zone) and Upper Kirby Management District participation with private donations from arts-dedicated Houstonians, the work will be seen by more than 50,000 cars a day in the high traffic Upper Kirby area. Tuesday’s dedication will included speeches by Syd Bailey, Chairman of the Upper Kirby District Foundation; City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker; artist James Surls and Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen.
Artist James Surls is a bit of a Texas institution. A native of Terrell, TX, Surls has shown sculptural works in some of the state’s best museums, like the Dallas Museum of Art, SMU’s Meadows Museum and University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery. Surls also founded the influential artists’ enclave, the Lawndale Art Center, in 1979, which has become one of Texas’ most valued artist-focused exhibition and residency spaces.
Surls on Kirby Dedication
Tuesday, April 8, 10:15 a.m.
2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, 77098