Sunday Wanderings

Funny how when we travel we knock ourselves out attempting to see all the sights, but in our own backyards we often don’t take time to explore. That being said, I’m taking time to venture out into Houston to see what I have missed.

Talk about a find! Smither Park on the southeast side of town is like walking into Houston’s version of Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona.

It is not a recreational park but an incredible display of public art where a wall of colorful, artistic mosaics have been created with found objects, broken glass and tiles.

The array of designs is amazing and represent the work of a number of folks, artists and non artists alike.

To hurry through the park would be a mistake because there is so much to take in. This part of the wall with its fascinating collection of pottery held my attention for some time.

Should one need a break, there are tables and benches done with creative flair. Choose this one and a nosy dog is waiting to say hello.

As much as I enjoyed the art, it was fun meeting people who were there for different reasons. This woman was being treated to a new hairstyle before she joined the party being hosted in the park.

Several friends were watching the transformation and one by one they began singing in soft, harmonic voices that almost brought tears to my eyes. The five confirmed the diversity in Houston. One was from Kenya, one from Jamaica, one from a small Caribbean island and two from Nigeria. There was so much I wanted to know about them and how they found each other, but since they were kind enough to let me observe and take photos, I didn’t want to ask too many questions.

In another place was a totally different activity. Several men were scurrying around with camera equipment while two others waited patiently.

I couldn’t resist finding out what was going on and learned they were filming for a music video. Judging from the interaction, what do you think the theme of the music might be?

Indeed, it pays to explore your own area, and I can’t wait to find out what else is in store in Houston.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

15 thoughts on “Sunday Wanderings

  1. The park definitely brings back memories of Barcelona.

  2. H[ I love the idea that we might have a bit of Barcelona right in your backyard..thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda, what an interesting park!

  4. Well that sure looked like fun!

  5. Fascinating, this place reminds me of (Roman Catholic church) grotto walls – same idea of a kind of “everything” mosaic, except the church ones have many religious bits. Thanks for sharing as always! 💕💕

    1. I have a feeling there are some empty spaces so it will be interesting to see if they are filled in.

  6. Wowza those 3D mosaics are incredible! Houston is truly an artist’s delight!

    1. For sure, there is a lot of art in Houston.

  7. What a park! So much social interaction!

    1. That was certainly true Sunday!

  8. Billie Keirstead April 14, 2019 — 3:26 pm

    That is a spectacular park. I immediately thought of Barcelona.

  9. Paula Blanchard April 14, 2019 — 2:03 pm

    Love your blog posts about Houston! Snow just melted here in Camden, ME (not kidding!).

    1. Thanks, Paula. It’s great to know you follow along. If snow is melting that means spring is on its way.

  10. Very interesting!

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