"BAYOU" STREETSCAPE PROJECT, CITY CENTER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

A series of water sculptures located throughout the downtown area are part of an urban streetscape project with the goal of rejuvenating the city center. One such water sculpture, "Bayou," is sited between a long-standing and much beloved taco stand and the historic county courthouse. A granite water table sits amidst an area of granite paving and much-welcomed granite seating. Carved into the surface of the water table and surrounding paving is a mapping of the city's bayou system overlaid by the city's orthogonal grid. Water emerges slowly from the table and stays within the bayou runnels for a period of minutes. The cycle slowly begins to change as the water flow increases, eventually exceeding the capacity of the runnels, and flooding the entire table. Minutes later, the water flow recedes and returns to its original confines, thus emulating the bayou's water cycle.