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Central Permitting and Green Resource Center

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Photo: Sontera Dresch

Mary Margaret Hansen, lead artist, Artful Interventions, 2011. Central Permitting and Green Resource Center, 1002 Washington Avenue.

Team of Artists: Dick Wray, Dean Ruck, Dan Havel, Serena Lin Bush, Joe Meppelink, Andrew Vrana, Kaneem Smith, Jesse Sifuentes, Gonzo247, Agnes Welsh Eyster, and Geoff Winningham.

Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston General Services Department and the Department of Public Works and Engineering

Houston artist Mary Margaret Hansen was selected through an invitational, competitive process to serve as the lead artist for the commission at the City of Houston’s Centralized Permitting and Green Resources Center. Hansen organized a team of local artists and designers whose mission was to reveal the purpose and function of the building in a contemporary, urban, and dynamic manner. Each team member created an “artful intervention” in and around the building that engages and invites participation.

The 22 individual works of art created by the team of artists on this project are:

Serena Lin Bush                        Sky Light


Agnes Welsh Eyster                  Bayou


GONZO247                               Information Highway

                                                Sunset in the City


Mary Margaret Hansen               The code is a powerful tool for building a great city.

                                                Code spoken here with skill, nuance and great authority.

                                                Fewer problems down the road if you solve the issues today.


                                                Houston: Recycle, Renew


                                                Sense of Place

                                                Tiny Text: Conversations and Observations

                                                Tiny Text: Recycled Coffee Can Words


Havel Ruck Projects                  Torrent


Metalab                                    Cloud Code


Jesse Sifuentes                        Green Port

                                                The View from the East End


Kaneem Smith                           Remnant Reverie


Geoff Winningham                    Fishing at Allen's Landing on Buffalo Bayou

                                                Buffalo Bayou Near Sage Road

                                                Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park


Dick Wray                                 Untitled

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