Orange Show Goes Green

Just in: Watch for the ground-breaking of an engaging, grass-roots (literally) addition to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, that beloved landmark to
industrious outsider Jeff McKissack%26rsquo;s favorite fruit. Smither Park, adjacent to the center, will be completed in the next 24 months on a half-acre in vibrant southeast Houston. Designed by internationally recognized, Huntsville-based architect Dan Phillips (celebrated for his unorthodox bone house), the new green space is named in honor of late Orange Show board member, folk art collector and arts patron extraordinaire John H. Smither. Houston architect Ed Eubanks and builder Steve Goodchild are contributing time and talent to the space, while everyone is welcome to donate non-biodegradable goodies (dishes, seashells, marbles, buttons and keys) to adorn Smither Park%26rsquo;s droll architectural elements, which include walkways, a serpentine tunnel, an amphitheater, arches, a 12-foot tower and a meditation garden. Info 713.926.6368;

Image: Smither Park. Photo %26copy; Pat Lopez.

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