Known for its large number of public art pieces, the creativity and beauty of The Woodlands continue to grow each year. The Woodlands Arts Council stands firm in its mission to promote public art with the Art Bench Project, which since the program's inception in 2015 has blossomed to two dozen Art Benches.
YOU ARE LOVED
Public art is meant to be seen and touched and the You Are Loved bench does that, and more. Each end of the bench includes an interactive "speaker" feature where visitors can whisper messages to the user on the other end. To create this playful piece, three architects, Michelle Old, Stacy Moore, and Kevin Giuseppetti from The Woodlands worked together and drew inspiration from previous professional projects to design and bring the You Are Loved art bench to life. With such a power statement "You Are Loved," I envision many proposals and celebrations will be had on this bench, further adding to the meaning of the bench and culture that outdoor art provides to the community. You Are Loved is located in lower Town Green Park near the turning basin on The Woodlands Waterway.
THE TEXAS DAWN WATER LILY
Inspired by the vision provided by the bench underwriters, artist Kyle Thornley captures the connection of the native ecosystem with the urbanization of The Woodlands Waterway. The Texas Dawn Water Lily combines the natural setting of The Woodlands with the creative expression of art. This unique art bench is located on the south side of The Woodlands Waterway across from The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Insider Tip: Real lily pads are just a short walk down The Woodlands Waterway, for an up-close look at them, take a free tour of The Koi Garden.
Playing off of the areas nature, Penstemon is meant to remind visitors of the beauty and nature around them. The leaf seats and the vertical flower spikes and tubular blooms of the art piece are symbolic in the benches design. The artist Daniel Hornung's objective was to create a piece that is relevant to the environment around it. With wildflowers and pollinators being a common landscaping trait in The Woodlands, an art bench featuring a wildflower such as a Penstemon fits the area perfectly. To see it for yourself, you'll find the bench at the top of the hill behind the Montgomery County South Regional Library.
When constructing the Mystical Senses art bench, artist Gaston Carrio wanted to hone in on the sounds of nature and the environment in which the bench sat. Mystical Senses is located directly in front of a wall of manmade waterfalls. The benches oval design heightens the sounds of the nearby waterfall for those sitting in it.
While you are looking at art benches, you can check out the other benches that Gaston has designed in The Woodlands. Proud Souls is near Mystical Senses and Unmasked Symbiosis is located in Hughes Landing.
Insider Tip: For a unique seat during concerts in Hughes Landing, visitors can enjoy a seat on Unmasked Symbiosis. While the concert stage faces the opposite direction guests are still close enough to clearly hear the music.