Hermann Park Sprouts Art

Happy centennial, Hermann Park. As the ultimate birthday gift for 100, the park Conservancy green-lights an ambitious public art endeavor, Art in the Park. The first of some very engaging installations unfurled late last month: North Carolina-based Patrick Dougherty%26rsquo;s anthropomorphic architecture fashioned from sapling twigs. His droll little huts for visitors to enter resemble the faces of giants and emit a whiff of enchantment. Coming next, with an opening date of Thursday, March 6, two-time Whitney Biennial talent Trenton Doyle Hancock creates a permanent, site-specific mural for the train tunnel; the riotously colored painting bears his trademark cosmology of odd cartoon-type characters including the mythic Torpedo Boy, a stand-in for the artist himself. Lea Weingarten%26rsquo;s Weingarten Art Group curates and organizes the project, which includes permanent works commissioned for the park such as the Hancock mural alongside temporary pieces including Dougherty%26rsquo;s twiggy structures, which will degrade over time, as well as works on loan. Unveiling in the coming months: aluminum-and-enamel trees by Ugo Rondinone; former Core Fellow Sharon Engelstein%26rsquo;s blobby mammoth sculptures; rainbow-hued skeins of nautical rope as pathways by Orly Genger; and, late spring, one of Louise Bourgeois%26rsquo; bronze spiders that will creep towards the Jones Reflection Pool. Rounding out the lineup are Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge%26rsquo;s crimson-patinated carbon steel Wind Waves (a loaned piece) joining pavilions designed by Rice University and University of Houston architecture students. For the latest, hermannpark.org and follow @PaperCityCA on Twitter.

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