Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Best Lawn Art Ever

After the Art Car Parade, my sister wanted to show me a house on Longwoods Lane, a very elegant street off of Memorial that goes all the way back to the Bayou. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw this:

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This is a sculpture by Bernar Venet. It is barely visible from the road. I had to climb through some bushes to get this shot. (I don't recommend this--the neighborhood is plastered with signs promising "armed response".)

My sister did a little research and determined that the house belongs to John and Becca Thrash. He's the CEO of eCORP, a company that specializes in natural gas storage. Looking at his Facebook page, he seems to be friends with several people involved in contemporary art in Houston, and given this massive piece of lawn art, one has to assume that the Thrashes are big collectors.

Now if you don't want to trespass on the Thrash's lawn, you can see a bunch of Bernar Venet sculptures in Hermann Park, where they will be on view until September 30.

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