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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

Heritage Lanterns

Houston art
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Located in the northeast corner of Root Memorial Square Park, these five stainless steel sculptures are lit from the inside with LED lights that change colors. The lanterns, which range from five to seven feet tall, are built in the style of the Victorian era; their ornamental spires are typical of the time. They pay tribute to the downtown area in which they stand, once home to architecturally elaborate mansions in the early 20th century. Designed by artists Carter Ernst and Paul Kittelson, the lanterns were installed in 2005.

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