Art Trek Sculptures: Heights Blvd. 4th Annual Show in Houston

Updated on April 8, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Humpty Dumpty 2016 by Yuliya Lanina at Art Trek, 400 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007
Humpty Dumpty 2016 by Yuliya Lanina at Art Trek, 400 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007 | Source

Art Trek

My husband and I love the Heights Boulevard art, some of which are permanent as well as temporary. One of the temporary exhibits called Art Trek had eight sculptures are on display. They were on view in the year 2017, and are now a part of history. Fortunately, photos of them document this particular art installation far into the future for everyone to enjoy.

This sculptural project was the 4th annual one erected on Heights Boulevard in Houston. Those art installations have become a fan favorite for art lovers.

We have Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery and Chris Silkwood to thank for arranging this. The first annual exhibit was called “True North” and the ones following it titled “True South” and Trail of Art. This Art Trek will be their final curated sculpture show using Heights Boulevard as the beautiful outdoor exhibit space.

In subsequent years the annual exhibition will be continued with people from the Houston Heights Association taking charge. It will be fun to see what they will do regarding this annual art exhibit. They are a 501(c)3 charity and partnered in the effort this year in bringing this exhibit to fruition.

All of these sculptures are for sale. One-fifth of the sales price will go to help fund the sculpture exhibit next year on Heights Boulevard in the Houston Heights.

Side view of Humpty Dumpty 2016 by Yuliya Lanina at Art Trek
Side view of Humpty Dumpty 2016 by Yuliya Lanina at Art Trek | Source

Yuliya Lanina Sculpture

The whimsical Humpty Dumpty sculpture pictured above was fun to view from all angles. I always assumed that Humpty Dumpty was a male when hearing that nursery rhyme as a child. Seeing this plump egg figure all dressed up with a short red skirt, fishnet stockings, and high heels puts a different spin on it!

You can see the artist Yuliya Lanina and her creation in the video below.

Sculpture by Randall Mosman

Randall Mosman has enjoyed artist residencies in both Germany and Finland, according to his biography. His works have been widely shown in our country and around the world.

Randall Mosman created the ramshackle appearing piece titled Above the Muddy Water in 2016. The metropolitan area of Houston has seen its share of floods in recent years. Perhaps the devastation wrought by all of those swirling muddy waters was in the mind of this artist when he created this piece?

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Above the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art TrekAbove the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art Trek
Above the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art Trek
Above the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art Trek | Source
Above the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art Trek
Above the Muddy Water 2016 by Randall Mosman at Art Trek | Source

Nicola Parente Sculpture

I love the shadows thrown by the Flower of Life created in 2016 by Nicola Parente. His solo exhibits outside of the U.S. have taken him to Mexico as well as Ethiopia.

You can learn a bit about the childhood background of Nicola Parente as well as his interest in the Bayou City Arts Festival in the video below.

Flower of Life 2016 by Nicola Parente at Art Trek
Flower of Life 2016 by Nicola Parente at Art Trek | Source

Sculpture by Noah Edmundson

Noah Edmundson created the Eagle Plane featured below in 2016. Looking at his website, he has an interest in airplanes plus art cars, among other things. Mr. Edmundson is the current director of Houston’s Art Car Museum.

He started out working on oil rigs fabricating needed equipment. Transferring that ability to creating art from metal seemed a natural progression for one with an artistic bent. Noah Edmundson also paints, draws, and does architectural renderings.

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Eagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art TrekEagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art Trek
Eagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art Trek
Eagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art Trek | Source
Eagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art Trek
Eagle Plane 2016 by Noah Edmundson on Art Trek | Source

Sculpture by Zak Miano

Zak Miano is a Houston artist who created Knot Cubed in 2016. From what I could learn about him on the web, he also likes art cars.

Knot Cubed 2016 by Zak Miano at Art Trek
Knot Cubed 2016 by Zak Miano at Art Trek | Source

Jon Clark Sculpture

The artist Jon Clark created Mollusca in 2017. I truly liked this one! According to his artist statement, he enjoys working with found objects and enjoys making art with proportion always in mind.

Looking at his Mollusca, it is easy to see how the dimensions change throughout this piece from the curved interior out to the pointed tail-like top.

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Mollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art TrekMollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art Trek
Mollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art Trek
Mollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art Trek | Source
Mollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art Trek
Mollusca 2017 by Jon Clark at Art Trek | Source

Sculpture by James Ciosek

James Ciosek created palescent Order #24 in 2017. This artist lives and works in Houston, creating objects that have inner light illuminating the different objects he creates.

The pearlescent colors that were on view during the day would be different when viewing this piece at night. My hubby and I will have to drive by Heights Boulevard sometime at night to see this piece in all its glory.

Adjacent solar panels are the source of the light emanating from this towering piece of art.

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palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art TrekCloseup of palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art Trek
palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art Trek
palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art Trek | Source
Closeup of palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art Trek
Closeup of palescent Order #24, 2017 by James Ciosek at Art Trek | Source

Dylan Conner Sculpture

Last but far from least is the Texas Horny Toad by Dylan Conner with a date of 2017. I can remember when horny toads were frequently seen in many areas of Texas back when I was a teenager. Now it has been decades since I have spotted one.

This pink one created by Dylan Conner is a cutie, in my opinion. It is not at all scary like some of the real ones can be for those unaccustomed to viewing horny toads with their built-in armor.

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Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art TrekTexas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art TrekTexas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art TrekTexas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art TrekTexas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek | Source
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek | Source
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek | Source
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek | Source
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek
Texas Horny Toad 2017 by Dylan Conner at Art Trek | Source

Would you enjoy seeing annual sculpture shows like this in your area?

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“You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.”

— Henri Matisse

Reference Sources:

https://www.redbudgallery.com/art-trek

http://www.yuliyalanina.com/

https://www.randallmosman.com/

http://nicolaparente.com/

https://www.fivepointsmuseum.com/noah-edmundson-lost-worlds/

https://www.jonclarkart.com/

http://www.jamesciosek.com/

https://dconnersculpture.com/

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      It is enjoyable to experience these annual exhibits. It also gives the artists more visibility for their work, and some possible sales.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      What an interesting and unique collection of sculptures. It’s actually nice that they are temporary so the park gets refreshed with new artwork. Always something new to look forward to every year. We have nothing like this here, which is unfortunate.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      What a world! Hope that the scientists develop a vaccine sooner rather than later. Stay safe!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      We have had similar happen with some parks in the UK. Its hard for people to exercise if outdoor areas are shut down, but if too many go, social distancing becomes a problem.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      Thank you! I am eager to photograph the new sculpture exhibit on Heights Boulevard, but will probably wait awhile. The City of Houston just shut down all parks to the public yesterday, and the county judge did the same thing for parks in Harris County.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      Nicola Parente does share his unique story on that YouTube video. Thanks for your comment.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      This is an interesting and well-documented collection of sculptures. You have done a good job of preserving them in your article.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      Such a lovely trek Peggy and I can remember seeing a similar one years ago when I visited Berlin. Amazing exhibits and my favourite would have to be the Nicola Parente Sculpture. His story is also an interesting one as he explains his love of art and how he had to convince his parents that this was his path. I enjoyed this read.

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