Mosaic fountain and benches
Created for the park in 1991, and augmented in 2000, the artist hand-painted ceramic tiles to evoke the feel of Market Square during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Malou Flato was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and earned a B.A. in Theater Arts from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 1975. She and her husband divide their time between Austin, Texas and Paradise Valley, Montana just north of Yellowstone National Park.
Flato works among multiple mediums and disciplines including sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing. Flato is perhaps best known for her mosaics such as the San Antonio Mission scenes on the Houston Street bridge in San Antonio
Her work in ceramic tile includes murals near a school in Seattle, Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, several Central Market locations in Texas, and Breckenridge Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX. She has also integrated her work with technology, blending digitally scanned still images with paint and using computers to map out paintings before creating them.
Her work is on display at the McMurtry Gallery (Houston, TX), Visions West Gallery (Livingston, MT), The Hunt Gallery (San Antonio, TX), and The Davis Gallery (Austin, TX), among several others.
A Houston-based photographer, Hester has incorporated his historic photographs of Market Square and downtown Houston with new steel cutout forms and installed them onto the fence along Milam Street. A porcelain enamel photographic time-line added to the northeast corner tells the vivid story of the site from 1873 to 2009.
Paul Hester earned a B.A. from Rice University in 1971 and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. He was the founding president of the Houston Center for Photography in 1982.
Scott’s three cast-bronze elements are made up of two vine-like tendrils that seem to grow from the fountain in Lauren’s Garden and appear to be eternally reaching towards each other and a young tendril with a new leaf emerging. The entire piece is inlaid into the granite disk in front of the fountain.
Houston sculptor Ketria Scott is largely self-taught in her discipline. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1989 without taking a single sculpture class until enrolling in 3D design during her final semester, sparking what would become a lifelong passion.
Points of View
The 25-foot painted steel and wood sculpture Points of View was created for the park in 1991. Previously positioned at the center of the park, it now stands above a gentle water feature at the base of the dining trellis.
James Surls is a world renowned modernist sculptor best known for his unpainted wooden sculptures. His work is among the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and many others.
Turner repurposed obscure architectural fragments, including objects from demolished downtown buildings. You can see the majority of the pieces along the curved walkway next to the dog runs in what we call our history walk.
Richard Turner is co-director of the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University in Orange, California where he also teaches sculpture, design and Asian art history.