Garden for the Third Coast

An environmentally based exhibition of native plants of the Texas bayou country, Garden for the Third Coast was commissioned by Buffalo Bayou ArtPark and presented at the Law Offices Project Space in downtown Houston in fall 2005.

The solar-powered project is a survey of native plants once plentifully found in and around Houston; 18” x 22” color transparencies were produced from drawings and paintings based on plant specimens organically grown from seed by the artist and also presented in the exhibition.

Plant research undertaken for the project draws attention to conditions of plant biodiversity in and around the city, and offers visitors to the exhibition an opportunity to view enlarged and illuminated images alongside living specimens of the bayous priceless botanical species, many of which are currently listed as threatened, endangered or species of special concern, and have tremendous impact on preservation of the natural bayou landscape.

At the project’s close, plant specimens were replanted in neighborhood garden plots around the city of Houston.

Garden for the Third Coast won the 2005 Mayor’s Art Award in Houston, Texas.