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Stringfellow Southeast Division Police Station

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Photos: Beryl Striewski

InPlainSight Art, Brian Bolden & Amy Baur, Beacon & Lumen, 2009. Anodized aluminum, fused glass photo-collage. 8300 Mykawa Road.

Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston General Services Department and Houston Police Department

Through careful observation of station activity and its interaction with the surrounding community, the artists created fused glass photo collages that integrate the station’s design and patterns of daily use.

Beacon, placed high on the station’s second floor, is a 13-panel portrait of a neighborhood oak tree rescued through community leadership, now serving as a living symbol of diverse, complex community. Fragments of a navigational map, depicting the earth rotating around the sun, weave throughout the work, signifying the nonstop efforts of those who work to create stability for all on a daily basis.

Lumen is an array of photographic imagery distributed across the second floor’s glass-mullioned wall, creating a semi-private transition between the break room and adjacent hallway. Revealed are up-close views of the station’s architecture and surrounding neighborhood. A simplified rendering of the navigational 24-hour chart spans the work’s thirty panels, instilling a sense of dynamism and visual unity.


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