(Image Courtesy of University of Houston)

To the delight of public art enthusiasts and Instagram lovers alike, a new acrylic sculpture that was engineered and assembled in Houston is making its larger-than-life debut in the University of Houston Arts District.

Mobius Houston, by New York-based Uruguayan artist Marta Chilindrón was specially commissioned by Public Art of the University of Houston System for its inaugural temporary public art installation at Wilhelmina’s Grove.

For Chilindrón, who is known around the world for her vibrant-colored foldable, collapsible and transformable translucent sculptures, this piece is a significant step outside her comfort zone.  At 11 feet tall and 22 feet wide, Mobius Houston is a Texas-sized edition of her smaller 2013 Mobius series and her first large-scale public art project in the state.

“I think this piece is powerful because of its weight and size and we have to kind of submit to it,” Chilindrón said. “It’s so large and it’s outdoors. I think the elements will play a great role. The sun and clouds will reflect colors all around it. It’s almost like a stained-glass window.”

The Public Art team and the artist worked closely with a number of Houston-area plastic and steel fabricators who coupled traditional craftsmanship with emerging technology, such as computer numerical control machining and 3D modeling, to create what they believe is among the largest structural acrylic pieces ever created.

Mobius Houston is on view and open to the public at the University of Houston through April 2020.

For more information, visit publicartuhs.org/mobius-houston.

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