Some of our public art pieces in The Woodlands are easier to spot than others. Find out where you can locate some of the biggest art pieces in the area that are often larger-than-life. Some can be viewed from the roadway making them unique roadside attractions.
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Tucked away in the village of Panther Creek you'll find The Dreamer resting underneath a tree in a median at the intersection of W. Panther Creek and Woodlands Parkway. The larger-than-life sculpture, which depicts a barefoot man resting, was installed in 1989. The sculpture is 17 feet long, four feet high and was created by artist David Phelps through a metal casting piece assembly.
The Millennium Sculpture by Bruce White was originally installed in 2000 and was relocated to its current location behind The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and along The Woodlands Waterway in 2006. As the tallest sculpture in The Woodlands to date, Millennium stands at 32 feet high and is constructed from stainless steel and a stone base. It also includes internal lighting which creates a beautiful display each night.
RISE OF THE MIDGARD SERPENT
Rise of the Midgard Serpent by Marc Rosenthal was installed in Lake Woodlands near Southshore Park in 1985. As the longest art piece in The Woodlands and the only sculpture located in water, the serpent sits six feet high, 1 foot wide, and is 35 feet long. The sculpture can be seen from the lake and from The Woodlands Parkway Bridge.
Insider Tip: The Midgard Serpent is best viewed from the water, rent a kayak for an up-close look and a photo-worthy moment.
LARGE NATURAL FORM II
Large Natural Form II by Richard Hunt is located along Research Forest Drive. This corten steel sculpture was installed in 1977 and weighs a whopping 2,500 pounds. The sculpture can easily be spotted from the roadway in the daytime.
Insider Tip: For an up-close look at this sculpture, park at Bear Branch Park. You'll find the sculpture along the pathway as you head north approximately 300 feet from the park's entrance.
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
On the Shoulders of Giants is located along the roadside at the intersection of Research Forest Drive and Grogan's Mill Road and was installed in 1989. This bronze metal casting sculpture by Robert Cook stands at 15 feet high and is 5 feet wide, weighing 1,300 pounds. Below the sculpture is a quote.
"If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants..." - Issac Newton
THE WATCH OWL
The Watch Owl by Mark Bradford is located on the campus of The Woodlands Township's Parks, Recreation & Environmental Services Office. Made of welded corten steel, the sculpture keeps its watchful eyes at 23 feet high.
Enjoying a self-guided art tour is a definite must-do activity while you are here in The Woodlands! Share your public art journey with us by tagging Visit The Woodlands and using #SoWoodlands in your post.
Insider Tip: Be sure to check our public art page and utilize the map feature to easily find public art pieces nearby.