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The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Wants to Take You Underground

Houston’s Buffalo Bayou has been undergoing a major renovation for the past few years. Along with new and improved walking trails, community gathering spaces, and a nature park, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has been commissioning artists to create public art along a ten mile stretch of the bayou.


The underground cistern

We reported last year that Donald Lipski was commissioned by the partnership to build a periscope designed to peer down into a recently rediscovered, huge, decommissioned drinking water reservoir. Well, now the Buffalo Bayou Partnership wants to go one step further—they are currently searching for college students to act as “Park Cistern Attendants” to give tours of the deserted space. The partnership aims to turn the cistern into an art venue for temporary installations and has been using a Brown Foundation grant to make their project a reality. (Hopefully they follow proper permitting laws. We have already seen the city shut down an alternative space earlier this year).

Go here to see a cool (and kind of creepy) tour of the underground cistern.

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1 Response

  1. Flo

    Looks like a great spot for something akin to the warehouse light installation that was at Day For Night last year. I like the voyeuristic appeal of a long skinny periscope reaching down in to Houston’s cavernous no-zone – hahaha xF

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