Monday, September 14, 2009

My World

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Mr. Dragon and I took a jaunt (love that word)
to Williams Tower to see
Celebration: The Legacy of Arthur Turner.

Mr. Dragon is taking color theory from Mr. Turner who is a well known
water colorist. He has been at the Glassell School for 40 years.
This exhibition featured some of his students.

The Williams Tower is located in the Galleria area of Houston - a multi-use area, shopping, restaurants, hotels, condo et al. We parked in the Galleria parking garage and walked over to Williams Tower. I had to take a photo of the sign marking the Helistop!

This dramatic 64-story, 1.4 million-square-foot office tower is a product of the award-winning architectural team of Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

At 64 stories and 901 feet (275 m), the Williams Tower is the tallest building in Houston outside of the Downtown area. When it was constructed in 1983, it was also the world's tallest skyscraper outside of a city's central business district. Williams Tower was named "Skyscraper of the Century" in the December 1999 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

The building is unique in that it was built to function as two separate towers stacked directly on top of one another, one comprising the first forty floors and the other the forty-first to sixty-fourth. The building has separate banks of elevators and lobbies for each of the two building sections. A majority of the bottom 40 floors are occupied by Williams. The remainder of the building is occupied by a variety of tenants. The building's stepback design suggests one of Johnson's earlier (and smaller) works, the IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Committed to being an environmentally responsible building, Williams Tower was designed to be energy efficient and has earned the EPA’s Energy Star label for each year since 2000 that it was eligible and is now actively seeking LEED Existing Building certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Here are a few of the paintings in the exhibition on the ground floor of the building. Remember, these are all watercolors!

Onaxis and Eggplants by Anstis Lundy

Urn and Blossoms by
Keiko Yasuoka

Beautiful Morning by
Keiko Yasuoka

Map Poem, gouache on Strathmore paper by
Dee Wolff

A very successful jaunt.
We walked back to the Galleria and had lunch at the cafe
in Nordstroms.

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Sylvia K said...

Great post and the building is really interesting! Love the paintings!

Have a great week!


Ebie said...

Hi Snap, that's a tall building and you captured it well! I love the paintings on exhibit especially the map poem!

Ebie's World.

Carver said...

Fascinating post about the interesting building and also enjoyed the water colors.

Babooshka said...

Love the painting within the images and the perspective on that building.

Anonymous said...

wow that's a really tall building and i like the design too. interesting they are stack on top of one another.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

What an amazing building, and I love the angle of it in your photo. Great place to have an art exhibition and obviously a lovely day out.

Barb said...

Art and architecture - your combination is perfect, Snap. Next year, Mr Dragon's works will probably be on display. Tell, me - did you fly in on your helicopter?

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Lovely paintings indeed! And the tower is awesome!
Have a nice Tuseday :)

Pam said...

I enjoyed the wonderful paintings and the Williams Tower is an architectural wonder. Nice post...

marcia@joyismygoal said...

That is a great perspective on that very tall building and i am always encourage to see art it is hope that the world still produces creative minds

McGillicutty said...

A post on two of my fave subjects, architecture and art... you rock!!

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I don't know if I would want to go in a building 64 storeys tall. I'm a bit nervous that way, I probably also wouldn't want to be walking underneath one either! Those are some watercolors, very talented students.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Snap, Beautiful watercolors and building. I've seen that building and have been to the Galleria a few times. I do enjoy seeing that area especially at Christmas. Obviously, you all had a wonderful day.

Carolyn said...

Hi Snap!
i first thought the eggplants were done by Mr.Dragon!
Thank you for such sweet words on Kim's blog! You are always so kind to me with your words of encouragement and you always visit my much-neglected blog on the rare occasion when I post something!
I'm sending you a hug through the "blogaverse" right now and hope you get it!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

What an interesting building...especially since I have seen the one in Mpls. The pics are beautiful...oh to have talent!

James said...

Wonderful post and what a great building.

Janet said...

That is an interesting building. I like the perspective you used in the photo.

Love that last painting!!!!

Gaelyn said...

Love the paintings. And Wow, that sure is a huge building.

Marites said...

Such an impressive building. I like your capture and those paintings are really beautiful.

My world entry is up here.

Dirkjogt said...

An impressive building. I live in a small town in a small country, so we don't have such buildings.

Wolynski said...

Incredible building. It's smart to have buildings one on top of another - elevator shafts running all the way bottom to top make a building vulnerable.
Very nice watercolors.

Anya said...

Amazing building,
wonderful post :)

(Its a BEAUTIFUL photo from Rocky)

Rajesh said...

That is really huge tower. The paintings are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

I love the shape and the size of the building of different buildings. And this one is really cool. Your photo is great too. The paintings are wonderful, what a nice display.

Ishtar said...

Lots of beautiful art!

Kim Mailhot said...

What a jaunt filled with beauty and joy ! Gorgeous works of creative spirits !
Hugs, lovely Snap !

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Snap: What a neat look at the tower and all the neat paintings.

KarenHarveyCox said...

What an amazing building, and these paintings are beautiful too. You always write such interesting and lovely posts about all things creative.


Janie said...

We visited the Galleria a few time, probably 30 years ago when we lived in Nacogdoches. Funny sign for the heliport!
Interesting and beautiful art work, too.

sherry ♥ lee said...

I love this art - these watercolours are fabulous!! And the architecture of the Williams Tower was an added bonus!