The Amazing Public Art Deep in the Heart of Texas
Houston has a healthy allowance for beautifying its streets and parks. See how it spends it
- By Marina Koren
- Smithsonian.com, July 03, 2013
(Photo courtesy of Houston Parks and Recreation Department)
Ceramic tile benches, designed by artist Malou Flato in 1992, line the perimeter of Market Square Park. The hand-painted ceramic tiles feature colorful, impressionistic scenes of the park as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A favorite spot for office workers on break from nearby buildings, the benches offer a view of the walkways of Market Square, which are paved with the raw material remains of the neighborhood’s demolished buildings.