Hidden Wonders: Houston, TX

By Paulina Pena

Sometimes, you just need to get away. But not exactly a full-on vacation, because you have that presentation approaching. There are places to clear your head without breaking the bank or completely avoiding your responsibilities. And they’re all right here, in Houston.

I present to you the Hidden Wonders of Houston:

James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University

If you’re sunset or sunrise lover, this space is for you. James Turrell is an artist known for his manipulation of light and space through constructing outdoor architecture to boast pieces of the sky. He does this through a sequence of light shows that only play during the sunrise and sunset. Each sequence lasts about an hour, and cause the viewers to ooh and aah over the dancing colors meant to compliment the changing atmosphere. The experience is perfect for a date, a best friend, or even your designated “me time.” You won’t regret this one:

Skyspace By Almostsummersky

Dan Flavin’s Installation at Richmond Hall

Dan Flavin was a man studying to a priest in seminary when he realized he could connect better to god though his art work: what more radical a way than through neon lights? Like the Twilight Skyspace, this collection of lights is a separate experience at night than it is during the day. As the space is owned by the Menil family, it is free and open to the public.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Perfect if you’re looking for a piece of hidden history, the Buffalo Bayou Cistern is located underground Houston. With eerie echos and uniform pillars, this place is perfect for some photography! Though tickets for the tour are required, anyone can visit it.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern By Nelo Hotsuma

The Fabiola Project in Museum District

Hidden in the pocket amongst the Menil buildings, this hidden gem is also free and open to the public. This brutalist modern building is dark and dimly lit, with one wall of differently painted portraits of “Fabiola,” a charitable woman of her time. There are seats to sit and quietly take in the vastness of the collection, and the dark space will put you in a tranquil state of mind.

The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston

Located on the outer edges of Greater Houston, this gem is begging to be photographed. An architectural masterpiece meant to pay tribute to Hindu ethics and culture, this place of worship was built in accordance with the Shilpa Shastra buildings in India. Whether you’re looking for a serene place to spur your spirituality, or need more pics for the gram- this place is worth your while.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of these five escapes!


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