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First look: a 35,000-square foot mural is almost complete in the Woodlands

The Woodlands is getting a Texas-sized public artwork.

Howard Hughes Corporation commissioned contemporary artist Alex Katz to create a 35,000-square foot mural in Waterway Square to anchor a new, 2.3-acre outdoor community gathering space. Upon completion, the piece, “Flowers” (2022), becomes one of the largest hand-painted murals of its kind in the state. It will span a 358 x 105-foot wall on the south side of the Woodlands Waterway Square garage.

“We are driven by the accessibility of public art, its ability to help shape a community’s identity, and its powerful role in the placemaking process—and we think an Alex Katz artwork is an outstanding contribution to The Woodlands’ community,” said Jay Cross, president of The Howard Hughes Corporation, via statement. “This wall of flowers creates an uplifting, inviting environment that expands the open space in front into a lush and inviting community gathering place. The addition of this extraordinary mural enhances Waterway Square in every respect, resulting in a complete public square with everything you would hope to find—lively retail, performance space, places of repose and sumptuous landscaping organized on the edge of the famous Woodlands waterway.”

The mural’s unveiling is timed to coincide with the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival April 9-10. “Flowers” is the most recent addition to Howard Hughes Arts, an initiative founded to celebrate the essential role that accessible public art and culture play in building strong communities.

At age 94, Katz has spent the past seven decades amassing an impressive body of work which includes paintings, drawing, sculpture and prints. He recently installed a collection of 19 large-scale works on glass for the New York subway; his work has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and more.

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