The Color Condition considers the idea of “play” throughout Arcade, which consists of three separate installations that create a dialogue between parts of the Avenida Houston campus. The works — made from strips of table cloths, shower curtains and painters drop cloth — respond to the environment, creating new colors as the light changes and new patterns with each gust of wind. This is the artists’ Houston debut and their largest commission since The Color Condition was established in 2010.
Hopscotch uses Discovery Green’s loblolly pine trees to create a dense overhead passageway extending the length of Maconda’s Grove; picking up or “hopping” across the street, a mirroring installation will hang over The Wharf, which serves as the “front porch” of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The two sculptures will come alive at night with LED lights installed at the tops of the woven pieces, illuminating the colorful canopy. Another installation, Double Dutch, will be suspended in a crisscross pattern over three lanes of Avenida de las Americas, between the park and the George R. Brown. Red Rover skirts light poles across the entire front of the George R. Brown with punches of color, enticing park visitors to “come over.”
Discovery Green and Houston First invite the public to celebrate the installation at “Color the Ave,” a free event on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Activities will include "Color Remix," a site-specific dance performance by Karen Stokes Dance Company , live music, a wearable art workshop and more. The event will conclude with a spectacular aerial performance off the George R. Brown by VauLT.
Avenida de las Americas will be closed to vehicular traffic during several points throughout the installation of Arcade so that visitors may stroll the Avenida and enjoy the sculptures from street level. The Avenida Central Garage underneath Discovery Green will remain open. The street will be closed Aug. 19–Sept. 4, Oct. 6–8 and Nov. 3–5.
Visitors are invited to share their experiences using the hashtags #ColortheAve, #DiscoveryGreen and #AvenidaHouston