Grab your picnic baskets, portable chairs and/or blankets and head down to Market Street’s Outdoor Stage for a night of community whimsy as Artfeel uses the public artwork Acrobatica by Venezuelan born Rafael Barrios as a prompt for creative expression on November 3rd at 7pm.
Acrobática, a gift from The Howard Hughes Co. to the community, is a large public artwork. It’s 9-feet, 6-inches tall by 13-feet, 4-inches long by 4-feet wide, weighing 1,760 pounds! It lives diagonal from The Embassy Suites by Hilton on Hughes Landing Boulevard. The sculpture offers three experiences when viewing it: one, when you first find the piece it appears as a group of chunky 3D bricks; two, as you move closer up you realize the surface is not 3D, but 2D—a flat metal surface with 3 slight bends, which form concave shapes, thus giving the illusion of depth; and three, as you move to the side of the piece you enter the real mind-scramble-territory when the sculpture’s shapes suddenly appear to twitch at the touch points and you realize from this new angle the sculpture is in reality only about ½ inch in depth—very thin!
“Artfeel welcomes area residents and visitors to share their feelings about public art and is a major initiative from our Because Art Matters programming slate,” explains Executive Director of The Woodlands Arts Council, Jenny Carattini Wright. “This show is from the community and for the community.”
In its 4th year, Artfeel is a quarterly live public art appreciation show in partnership with The Sarah Kelly Music School, Sweekman Artists and Market Street where a stage and microphone time are offered up to anyone to share their feelings about public art. Some residents sing, some dance, some share an original or read a favorite poem or show an art piece of their own in process — and some say only one word — the emotion the art has evoked in them. The rules are… there are no rules … and that is the fun. Each person has 3 minutes or less to share their feelings and/or perform.