Supporting the vision of George Mitchell, the founder of The Woodlands, and the mission of The Woodlands Arts Council to promote public art and the creative economy, 24 Art Benches have been commissioned and installed in The Woodlands in partnership with The Woodlands Township.
Walk from The Woodlands Mall to Town Green Park and visit Hughes Landing to enjoy the beauty and practicality of these one-of-a-kind Art Benches designed by local, national, and international artists. Each bench was underwritten by local companies or individuals that submitted answers to questions that pertained to the location of the bench and their feelings about that location. The artists then created their designs for submission and were chosen by the underwriter.
This program is ongoing and continues to beautify our community. The Woodlands has one of the largest collections of public art in the country. To support our mission to promote art in the community, twenty Art Benches have been commissioned and installed in The Woodlands through a partnership with The Woodlands Township.
Some of the 24 benches are interactive, such as The Urban Conga bench modeled after a xylophone, or lit from within and glowing as in the Light Balls Bench, or the giant yellow Woodlands Wind-O, an architectural window-frame bench, as well as benches reflective of the natural surroundings as in the fanciful Umbrella Tree Bench.
This Fall, we kick off the Phase V Public Art call for underwriters! The process takes two years with a call to Artists, then
the Art Bench Committee narrows down the choices to three
semi-finalists based on the designs and their suitability for the chosen
sites. The final selection will be made by the underwriters of each bench in early 2022 with installation in the Fall.
Phase V Art Benches are being planned for The Woodlands Waterway in the fall of 2022. For more information on becoming an underwriter, contact us!