We had heard so much about this clever piece of art, so we of course had to check it out for ourselves!
Though it stands 28-feet tall, the “We Love Houston” sign (also known as the “We Heart Houston” sign) can still be easy to miss as you drive along I-10,facing East, just west of downtown. This is especially true if you’re watching the road ahead – and most dangerously true if you’re watching your cell phone. Kidding! But since its installation at the new location on July 3, 2013, the effusive sign is rapidly becoming a beloved Houston landmark.
The giant, all-inclusive, three-dimensional love letter to Houston was the creation of David Adickes, the Houston area sculptor responsible for some of Houston’s most larger-than-life public art.
When discussing the inspiration for his “We Love Houston” sign, Adickes cited iconographic images from both coasts. He said the infamous Hollywood sign was the primary motivation, with an additional influence from the ubiquitous “I Love New York” logo.
“I wanted ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ because it’s a shared experience. We all love Houston, don’t we?” Adickes told CultureMap. But his individual devotion to Houston remains clear, given that Adickes funded the entire project himself.
The Huntsville-born artist says the new work reflects his affection for his adopted hometown, which, incidentally, he does not perceive as having been “insufficiently loved.”
Although the sign is a public display, both the sign and the land it is installed on are not public property. They both still belong to sculptor and creator Adickes.
I’m hoping this will become an iconic image of Houston and someday moved to a location where it will be seen by all Houstonians easily!
In our new home in Houston, we created a travel wall in our living room of black and white prints.The last image you see here, will be added to the art gallery hopefully this week.
It is always amazing, to see what each city has to offer in your travels, isn’t it?
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