Houston’s own Discovery Green was created to provide the city with an urban green space and true village green to serve as a source of health and happiness for Houstonians. Since it opened over a decade ago, Discovery Green has been so much more than a park. The green hosts events ranging from festivals to live music to art installations and helps foster creativity, community engagement, and collaboration right in the heart of the city. With those goals in mind, Discovery Green welcomes GUST, an art exhibit like nothing you’ve ever seen before which brings the wind to life in an explosion of color.
GUST surrounds the park’s Brown Foundation Promenade in what has been described as a “kinetic field of color.” The installation features over 2,000 handmade pinwheels in every color of the rainbow which change colors as they spin. The exhibit includes special fans activated by blowing pinwheels on top of them which in turn spin hundreds of pinwheels at once, turning Discovery Green into a kinetic kaleidoscope where visitors can ‘be the wind’ and bring these colorful pinwheels to life. It’s the perfect thing to do in Houston on a weekend with the family.
GUST is the work of Cocolab, a Mexico City-based design collective known for its interactive and multimedia installations which seek to turn audiences into participants. “After seeing Cocolab’s work firsthand in several public spaces, we knew that we wanted to engage them to create a site-specific installation for Discovery Green’s 10th anniversary year,” says Barry Mandel, Discovery Green president and park director. “GUST is colorful, playful and interactive, and we think visitors will love experiencing the work both day and night.”
Discovery Green is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and GUST will be on display from Nov. 16, 2018, to March 20, 2019. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Hess Deck, Discovery Green will host an artists talk with GUST creators Josue Hernández and Felipe Linares.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind world-class art installation right here in the heart of Houston.