Color Condition brightens up darkness of Harvey

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Artists installed this Houston exhibit post-Harvey. Photo by Megan Riley.

Megan Riley

Colorful shower curtains and tablecloths have been taking the Texas art community by storm. Two local artists, Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger, have created an artistic movement named Color Condition. The artists install art around the nation to encourage positivity in numerous locations. Their specialty pieces consist of radiant streamers made from shower curtains and tablecloths flowing in the wind to make the mundane extraordinary. Normally the streamers are hung from light posts or metal frames customized for each installation.

Newson and Sliger arrived at Discovery Green in mid-August and put their magic to work around the park with three main exhibitions: “Hopscotch,” “Double Dutch,” and “Rover.” Some of these include LED lights that bring the pieces to a different level. “Double Dutch” extends over the street separating the park from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

When the devastation of Hurricane Harvey hit, the duo created a fourth piece located at a stage in Jones’ Lawn right outside of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

This piece included countless streamers of all shades and textures, creating a backdrop for the stage. The artists’ customization to the city was weaving in vibrant red streamers that spelled, “HOUSTON STRONG”.

“It provides an array of light and positivity to the city,” said a Mississippi native visiting the city to help with the flood. The exhibit’s purpose is to add color and “whimsy” to the park, as said in the artist’s statement. It has certainly brightened up the city, and it provided the evacuees in the Convention Center a distraction.

This installation is worth going to visit if you are looking to be inspired, motivated, or energized. It is open through Nov. 15 at Discovery Green near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Artists installed this Houston exhibit post-Harvey. Photo by Megan Riley.
Artists installed this Houston exhibit post-Harvey. Photo by Megan Riley.