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Vandals disassemble Midtown public art sculpture
Press Release
Friday, October 06, 2017

HOUSTON (OctArtists Collective Midtown Houstonober 5, 2017)--The Community Artists’ Collective was so proud of the “Quilt Peace” sculpture installed September 20 in front of the building at 4101 San Jacinto where its resides.

The colorful sculpture (blue, magenta, orange, yellow and metallic silver), of powder coated steel standing 8 feet high, 11 feet wide and 6 feet deep, features four free-form figures working on a quilt and is a tribute to the November 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Plans were for the sculpture to remain at the site for three months and then moved to another site in Midtown.

But two weeks after its installation, a vandal who either doesn’t like quilts or peace or public art, went to a lot of trouble with some heavy duty tools to dismantle the structure and leave the pieces lying flattened on the ground.

Artists Collective Midtown HoustonFortunately, the five powder-coated steel pieces were not seriously damaged, and The Collective will be able to reassemble them and return the sculpture to its original spot, which previously housed a Metro bus stop.

This time with tamper-proof strategies and perhaps some surveillance provided.

The “Quilt Peace” installation was funded by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, sanctioned by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and approved by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority.

The Community Artists’ Collective programs are supported in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, H-E-B and through collaborations with community organizations.  The Collective’s mission is to provide the educational and cultural link among African American artists and all communities, inspiring unlimited creativity.
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