Books of a Feather - Alice McKean Young Library - Houston, TX
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N 29° 41.899 W 095° 20.208
15R E 273910 N 3287642
Quick Description: Of the three, I like the expression on the cardinal the best. All three birds are amazing and need to be appreciated in person.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2020 2:52:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM12358
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

From Dixie Friend Gay Gallery

Books of a Feather

Books of a Feather draws parallels between the physical flight of birds and the flights of imagination found in books. The free movement of birds stretches our imagination towards a world that exists beyond our vision, just as explorations in the library open our minds to new and unfamiliar views.

Commissioned for the Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library, Books of a Feather features three 12 to 15 feet tall x 6 feet wide, x 10 feet long stainless steel and concrete birds that are covered in multi-colored glass and ceramic mosaic tiles. The hand-made, high-fired ceramic tiles were stamped with book titles that include words associated with birds and flight. Titles flow like ribbon along the birds’ sides and the tiles shimmer and sparkle when caught by the light. A lighting system illuminates the birds after sunset.


Dixie Friend Gay

Dixie Friend Gay has become somewhat of a rock star in the field of mosaic public art. Her lush paintings that draw inspiration from the wild southern native landscape have led her to create large mosaic murals and sculptures for the public realm all over the U.S. This video documents her most recent installation Books of a Feather, which consists of three 15-foot tall mosaic birds in front of the Alice M. Young Library in Houston.

(The link above will take you to the video.)

Specific visit requirements:
Very easily noticed, they are on the MLK Blvd side of the library. Park at the library, lot is behind the building. Very busy street, so beware of your surroundings.

Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library
5107 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX 77021
Houston, TX USA

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