This Brand New Space-Inspired Art Installation Is Lighting Up Houston's Streets This Summer
Keep your eyes to the sky.
Space City month isn't over yet, folks. Houstonians still have a chance to look up at the city sky and remember that pretty epic time we put a man on the moon. In the River Oaks District, the view is particularly special with the brand new SkyWaves art installation that courtesies over the Houston streets.
Four 50-foot SkyWaves quadrants with more than 1,000 hand-cut mylar flags make up this immersive art piece. Why mylar flags? Glad you asked. It's the same material that was used to create space blankets in the 1960s.
What's a space blanket you ask? I don't know; I'm just a millennial, okay? It's like an emergency blanket of some sort that reflects your body heat to keep you warm. And it's called a "space blanket" because it was first developed by NASA and used for super sciencey reasons in space. #GoogleEducation.
Actually, we have NASA and the Apollo 11 mission to thank for quite a lot of the inventions we have to today—God bless memory foam and water filters. And now, we're still enjoying all the great things it brings us 50 years later like the SkyWaves.
In conjunction with the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, SkyWaves was designed and produced by MATTER creative studio, Houstonian Matt Johns, and his team.
Four hanging flags welcome visitors onto the sparkling street. And along with some columns at an indoor old art gallery, the flags resemble of the American flag that was planted on the moon by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
SkyWaves is totally free to view and visit. It will be on view until October when we'll have to find another way to drag on the Apollo 11 celebration.
The installation was launched just this past weekend, so celebrate this moon-landing art piece exactly the way you should—by being the first one there. *Plants flag*
SkyWaves Art Installation
Address: 4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Why you need to go: It took over 2,400 hours to build and a lot of stinking effort to get to the moon, so that should be celebrated. Also, it's free and makes for great pics.