Owl-themed modern sculpture lands in Rice Village

Houston Chronicle
Written by: Katherine Feser

California artist Nathan Mabry has created a modernistic owl-themed sculpture as the latest public art installation in Rice Village.

A blue origami-like aluminum owl, along with four smaller lifelike owls, are a nod to Rice University, which has been transforming the shopping district with the help of Trademark Property Co. The sculpture is on Kelvin Drive, just north of University Boulevard.

Nathan Mabry

“While researching Rice Village, I became interested in the vibrant history of the neighborhood and proximity to Rice University. I find myself particularly engaged with the mascot of Rice University, the Owl,” Mabry said in an announcement.

“It’s a powerful symbol in both antiquity and contemporary life. My work has long explored the depiction of birds from all facets of art history.”

Other Rice Village art elements, being managed by MKG Art Management, include a mural by Houston artist Gonzo247/Mario Enrique Figueroa Jr. on Morningside Drive. The Rice Village garage will be the canvas for the next project.

“We want Rice Village to be a place people love to visit for reasons other than just shopping,” Terry Montesi, CEO, Trademark Property Co., said in an announcement.

“We believe enhancing the visual environment improves the experience and makes visitors to Rice Village feel cared about.”

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