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