David Graeve Creates Lasting Effect with “Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles”

January 28, 2014
by Ashley Roberts
Discovery Green visitors are once again being inspired by the spectacular installation of art by artist David Graeve. Titled “Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles,” Graeve’s art resembles glowing ‘ornaments’ hanging from the 100-year-old oak trees in Discovery Green. 

One of the most-photographed installations in the park, “Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles” is a collection of cultural imagery on a total of 36 painted balloons, creating a rich historical narrative and deep cultural response for many park visitors. Keeping with the park’s theme, Graeve’s art reflects cultural diversity as well as a diversity of talents traditionally found at Discovery Green.

The breathtaking globes bring to life an assembly of photographs old and new of children, peace leaders and civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela, and even photos of Graeve and his family. These images were carefully selected by the artists to help you establish a connection to our culture, community and neighborhood!

“Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles” contains 30 images that were taken at Discovery Green, while others were gathered from Houston’s Rothko Chapel and from members of the community. David notes the significance of this particular art is that it contains personal and cultural elements as well as the glorification of radical thinkers and peace activists.

This is the sixth year the balloons have been a part of our holiday décor, and this year they are more vibrant than ever! Graeve painted the exterior of each balloon with transparent rubber paint to soften each of the images and add incredible pops of color. To produce a lasting effect, the globes are also lit internally with energy-efficient fluorescent lights!

Come out to Discovery Green and be amazed by “Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles” now through February 2, 2014! While on display, green floodlights will accent the installation along the Brown Promenade. The green lights are turned off twice each evening from 8-8:30 p.m. and from 10:30-11 p.m., so that onlookers may enjoy the changing effects of the seemingly ‘floating’ images in the sky. Don’t forget to share your experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Use #DiscoveryGreen.