Art on the Water in Houston’s East End

transportedHouston isn’t just a big maze of cars and its art scene isn’t restricted to the Museum District, according to the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). HAA has teamed up with local artists and community partners to present an ambitious project this fall, called Transported + Renewed, focusing on the city’s East End. Houston’s historic transport hub and neighborhood hugging Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel will be infused with a series of concerts, performances, visual art installations and more.

There are a crazy amount of events planned and many of them involve various modes of transportation, as the project title suggests. From September 1-November 30, there will be marching bands, a bicycle opera, walking tours, a light rail art tour, and a car parade featuring Houston’s famous SLABs, art cars, and low riders. More buoyant adventurers can participate in September 13th’s Afloat! A Parade on Water, presented by HAA and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, but the registration deadline is September 1st. People-powered canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats and dragon boats are invited to join the fleet of police and fire department boats as they proceed from Allen’s Landing to Houston’s East End. Participants are encouraged to decorate their boats and wear costumes. Awards for the “Funkiest Floater” and “Cutest Crew” will be presented at the finish line, post-parade party located at 901 N. York St.

Participants and spectators should also be on the lookout for Whatever Floats, a giant inflatable sculpture by Houston artist Sharon Engelstein, anchored in the water near the finish line (its official unveiling will take place on September 2 at City Hall, then will change locales). Among other visual art projects are works by Amber Eagle, Patrick Renner, and Jesse Sifuentes.

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