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Discovery Green to Welcome Temporary Display of Winged Wonders

Wings of the City

Discovery Green to Welcome Temporary Display of Winged Wonders

Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City to mesmerize park-goers this fall and winter

 

HOUSTON, Texas (August 13, 2014) – Discovery Green announced today plans to feature nine magnificent bronze sculptures by Mexican artist Jorge Marín from Sept. 5, 2014 to Feb. 8, 2015. Wings of the City will be on view throughout the park in an effort to foster community and offer Houstonians a place to gather, reflect and celebrate.

 

“We are proud to share the work of such an acclaimed international artist with Houston’s diverse community,” said Discovery Green Conservancy President Barry Mandel. “Jorge Marín’s sculptures present such a unique dichotomy. They are simultaneously mythical and lifelike, and both stunning yet accessible to everyone.”

Marín’s allegorical and fantastic creatures portray perfection of the human body, and spark dialogue around themes of desire, will and determination with the body and mind. Viewers will have an interactive, aesthetic experience with the works.

 

One of the works beckons patrons to stand in front of outspread angel wings, thereby becoming part of the art itself. Photography is encouraged and can be shared using #wingsofthecity.

 

For over 25 years, Marín has presented his winged sculptures in more than 200 exhibits worldwide. Wings of the City had been viewed by more than one million people on Mexico’s Paseo de la Reforma before appearing at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, and now at Discovery Green.

 

The public is invited to an opening celebration with the artist on Friday, Sept. 5 from 7 – 10 p.m. on Discovery Green’s Grace Event Lawn. The evening will feature remarks from the Mexican Consul General in Houston and also include live music by contemporary high-octane Mexican fiddling band the Villalobos Brothers, art workshops, food and beverages provided by Goya and more. While there, celebrate the City with No Limits by snapping a photo in front of the Greater Houston Partnership’s interactive “H.”

 

Wings of the City is presented at Discovery Green with the support of the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID) through the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Office for Educational and Cultural Cooperation. Thanks to media partners Univision, KPRC, Comcast and the Houston Chronicle.

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Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 6.5 million visitors and hosted more than 2,000 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.

About Jorge Marín

With over 25 years of artistic work, Jorge Marín (Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, 1963), has successfully entered into Mexico’s artistic scene and has become a representative of figurative international sculpture. The sculptures of Jorge Marín reflect in bronze the intrinsic strength and force that emanates from its creation and permits him to construct dynamic bodies, full of movement, which challenge gravity and rotate in space supported on one point. He has participated in over 200 group and individual exhibitions, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Romania, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Canada, United States, England, Russia, Belgium, Denmark, China and Indonesia. Currently has begun roaming the Asian continent that will culminate in 2015. His Wings, originally displayed on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, are part of the project called eight cities eight cultures; having already installed as part of this, monumental sculptures in public roads in the cities of: Mexico, DF , Berlin, Germany and Tel-Aviv, Israel, becoming iconic reference of his work.