Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank

Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank

November 22, 2019 through Feb. 24, 2020

Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank
November 22, 2019 through Feb. 24, 2020

Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank is a temporary, site-specific public art installation in two parts. Paloma, created by French creative studio Pitaya, is a series of 200 colorful aluminum “origami” birds, which will be suspended from the canopy along Discovery Green’s Brown Promenade and will be illuminated by dynamic LED lights after dusk to create the illusion of flight. Complementing Paloma is Here and Now, a sound installation by Houston-based artist and anthropologist Lina Dib, whose work explores ecological change and global migration. Dib’s choreographed sounds will dance along the Brown Promenade in conversation with Pitaya’s sculptures to create an immersive and contemplative experience beneath the park’s century-old live oaks. Read about what inspired Dib in her blog post here. 


Paloma Artist Talk  
Thursday, November 21,
7 pm, Hess Deck
Your chance to hear Pitaya, a French company specializing in site-specific artwork, and Lina Dib, an artist and anthropologist, discuss their collaboration on Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank. This is Pitaya’s premiere Texas installation. The talk will also feature images and sounds from previous works.     

Frostival  Friday, November 22,
6 – 10 pm. 
Paloma Sponsored by PNC Bank officially opens to the public during Discovery Green’s winter carnival featuring ice skating and ice carving with an expected attendance of over 10,000 revelers.    

Paloma Origami workshops 
Sundays, November 24, December 1 and 8,
1-3 pm. 
Master origami artist Kevin Fu leads a workshop in making origami birds like the birds in Paloma. Enjoy this ancient art form and help create a public origami mural to be displayed at Discovery Green!  

Photography Workshop 
Wednesdays, December 18, January 15, February 19, 
Learn how to capture moments in time during Houston Center for Photography classes as you explore the illuminated art installation, Paloma, and other features of the park. Meet at the Morgan Reading Room (behind the Lakehouse Café) and glean photography knowledge from experts in the field. Topics will include introduction to composition, photographing at night and shutter speed (Dec. 18), motion and panning (Jan. 15), and creating a mini-series (Feb. 19). For more information, please visit HCP's website at 

Urban Bird Walk
Walk with an expert to discover the real wildlife of downtown Houston! These free workshops will begin and end at Discovery Green. Wear your walking shoes and meet at the Lakehouse Café in the park. 
Saturday, December 14, 
4-5 pm.  
Led by Nature Discovery Center 
Friday, Feb 14
11:30 am-12:30
Lovebirds for Valentine’s Day! Led by Nature Discovery Center. 

Mindfulness in Nature 
Saturday, January 11
11 am-1 pm
Led by Bethany Foshee of Nature Discovery Center & Heather Sullivan of Mindfulgreen. Join us for a talk about the benefits of mindfulness and nature, followed by three guided meditations on sound, breath, and sensation. Then we’ll lead a mini nature journaling workshop – exploring how art, poetry, and observations help us to find a renewed sense of calm and appreciation for our surroundings. Materials provided or you’re welcome to bring your own journal or sketch book! 

For the Birds!
Saturday, February 1,
11 am – 3 pm 

Nature Discovery Center and Discovery Green partner to present bird crafts, birding 101 station, hands-on homing pigeon encounter, Wild Birds Unlimited, and an astonishing demonstration by Birds of Prey.  

The Messenger
Friday, February 21,
6 pm activities, 7 pm film

Houston Audubon and Discovery Green present a screening of The Messenger, (2015, 89 min) plus bird education activities, and much more fun!