Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stephen Korns Public Installation in Downtown Houston Now Featured Online

The Mayor's office of the City of Houston, Texas just announced that the downtown public art work of Stephen Korns, long time DCA member, who worked on this project since 2014, just received its first write up.

Stephen writes there is "more to come, presumably,  with a website of past Houston and other projects including the videos from The Houston Oracle in Two Parts." 

From the Houston Mayor's Office Press Release: 

New Artwork Illuminates Houston’s Past with Multisensory Experience

March 20, 2017 -- The Bagby Street passage under Bayou Place, between Capitol Street and Texas Avenue, is now home to the newest addition to the City’s Art Collection. The Houston Oracle in Two Parts by sculptor Stephen Korns honors the city’s history while also improving the pedestrian experience in the Theater District. Korns used photographs, video, sound, reclaimed materials and special lighting to turn the underpass into a multimedia work of art. Like the artist’s signature Lunar Lighting project along Buffalo Bayou, the lighting for this new artworkchanges nightly with the lunar cycle.
“It is wonderful that Mr. Korns was able to incorporate Houston’s history and views from the International Space Station into this artwork,” said Mayor Turner. “In addition, the roadway and pedestrian lighting improvements demonstrate how art can be used to enhance our public improvement projects in multiple ways.”

Stephen Korns is a sculptor with an extensive resume of site-specific installations in the United States and in Europe. He has created designs for environments ranging from individual rooms to public parks, plazas, bridges and highways, and from urban waterfronts and large industrial structures to historic town settings. In developing the artwork concept and design, Korns considered the site’s proximity to historic City Hall, Houston Public Library, Sam Houston Park, neighboring theaters and the adjacent Buffalo Bayou.
“An encounter with the artwork provides an opportunity for exploration and discovery," says Korns. "The work asks questions about living in the city, what is saved of the past, who we've been and what we have in common.”

To continue reading about this project, visit here

The following article further examines Stephen's work:

Here is an audio interview with Stephen Korns on the Houston Public Art:

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