Books of a Feather

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Dixie Friend Gay with Books of a Feather
Photo Credit: Hall Puckett
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
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. Public input was received in deciding the final book titles for each bird. 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.
PROJECT LOCATION

Library
Books of a Feather is a permanent outdoor sculpture installation. The three stainless steel and concrete birds stand in front of the Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library and adjacent to the Houston Metro line.
Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library
5107 Griggs Rd
Houston, TX 77021
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Houston Arts Alliance
Houston Arts Alliance
Blumenthal Sheet Metal
Dixie Friend Gay
Dixie Friend Gay
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
250000
$250,000-$499,999
Percent-for-Art
Glass, Metalwork, Mosaic, Sculpture
Ceramic tile, Concrete/Masonry, Glass, Metal, Mosaic
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. Additionally, a lighting system illuminates the birds after sunset.
2017
2018