Civic Art

Synchronicity of Color

Synchronicity of Color

Acclaimed Texas artist Margo Sawyer’s geometric work “Synchronicity of Color” was dedicated on April 3, 2008, in Houston’s new downtown park, Discovery Green.

“Synchronicity of Color” joins the City of Houston’s inventory of more than 400 civic art works in public spaces. The two-piece architectural installment of red- and blue-themed aluminum boxes conceal concrete stairwells that lead into the Convention District parking garage beneath Discovery Green, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 1,400 aluminum boxes were used to create the vibrant “Synchronicity of Color.”

The Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department commissioned “Synchronicity of Color” and is responsible for its maintenance.

“Synchronicity of Color proves that functionality can be beautiful when placed in the hands of an artist as talented as Margo Sawyer,” said Dawn Ullrich, director of the Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department.

“Without the civic art component, the stairwells leading from the garage would be just concrete bunkers,” Ullrich added. “But when dressed up with a façade as aesthetically pleasing as ‘Synchronicity of Color,’ they become another conversation-starter in Discovery Green.”

Other civic art works in Discovery Green include Jean Dubuffet’s “Monument Au Fantome,” two pieces by artist Doug Hollis, “Listening Vessels” and “Mist Tree,” and a bronze statue of the late Houston business titan – and convention center namesake – George R. Brown.

Margo Sawyer's Synchronicity of Color was the recipient of one of forty awards given for public art during the American for the Arts' annual Public Art Year in Review session of the AFTA conference held this past week in Seattle. Juried selections were made from over three hundred submissions from across the United States.