Discovery Green Blog
Discovering the Awe and Wonder of Wings of the CitySeptember 4, 2014
by Ashley Roberts
This fall and winter, Discovery Green will be home to Wings of the City, an exhibition of nine bronze sculptures by renowned Mexican artist, Jorge Marín. Beginning in September, park-goers will have a unique opportunity to take part in an aesthetic experience and become mesmerized by amazing mythical figures placed throughout the park. The exhibit will be on display until next February.
For many years, sculptor Jorge Marín’s art has been admired in exhibits throughout the world in locations such as Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Denmark, and most recently, Brownsville, Texas. As the exhibit’s first United States stop, Texas was chosen because of its history, diversity and strong ties to Mexico and the Latino community. Jorge envisioned providing a lasting connection that would help Latinos feel an important piece of their heritage had arrived in Texas.
Jorge’s sculptures are completed by creating sketches from numerous sessions with professional models and dancers alike. Once he has sketched his figures, with the help of his photographic memory, he begins to mold the sculptures from clay, adding wax, and completing finishing touches with bronze. The completed sculptures become mythical, yet lifelike, and are said to each have their own souls, as you are able to see the veins in their hands and feel a realistic gaze in their eyes.
One of the most recognized of the sculptures, Wings of Mexico, resides under the century-old oak trees near the Brown Foundation Promenade, in grand fashion, as an entrance to Discovery Green and into the remarkable exhibition. Considered iconic, the Wings evoke a sense of freedom and emotion, as well as a sense of Mexican pride and culture. Of the nine sculptures, Wings of Mexico is thought to be the most interactive, as visitors are able to walk up to the art and become one with the Wings, providing a temporary angelic or superhero feeling. Since its original installment on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Wings of Mexico has become a prominent landmark in the city— just as visitors to New York visit the Statue of Liberty and visitors to Paris flock to the Eiffel Tower, visitors to Mexico City are moved to visit and capture the beauty of Wings of Mexico.
Wings of the City will be on display throughout the park from September 5, 2014 through February 8, 2015, with guided tours every first Saturday at 1 pm. Join us for a special opening celebration Friday, September 5, from 7-10 pm hosted by Univision 45’s Lizette Lopez. Festivities include treats from Goya, music by high-octane fiddlers the Villalobos Brothers, a performance by Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo and guitarist Sergio Uriel Sanchez of Houston Grand Opera, and a lecture by Jorge Marín Studio’s director of exhibitions, Elena Catalán.
Visit www.discoverygreen.com/wingsofthecity for more information about this exhibit. Share your stories and photos using #wingsofthecity for a chance to be featured on Univision 45 and win prizes from the artist.
Wings of the City is presented with the support of the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. Thanks to media partners Univision, KPRC, Comcast and the Houston Chronicle.
There are plenty of interactive photo opportunities around Discovery Green in the coming months! Become one with the Wings of Mexico and snap a photo in front of the Greater Houston Partnership’s giant “H.”