Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Patrick Renner, Houston-based sculptor known for his massive Funnel Tunnel that was installed on Montrose Blvd from 2013 into 2015, plus his latest work Trumpet Flower between One City Centre and its garage on the 1000 block of Main Street in Downtown.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Patrick Renner
- The Menil Collection – What great fortune to have this one-of-a-kind, world class museum in the heart of Montrose. The Renzo Piano building is the perfect setting for an amazing range of artwork, from antiquities to contemporary pieces; always good for stimulation (and my favorite place to fantasize about exhibiting my own work). Whether exploring the main building, one of the other cool satellite spaces or leisure in the park, it’s always time well spent.
- Chapultepec Lupita – After a Friday night of gallery-hopping, I love going with my fiancé, artist Emily Peacock, to our favorite Mexican food spot. Sitting in those big, worn-in red booths, some Doors on the juke, we share good conversation over some solidly decent grub. One of the twin waitresses will welcome you with a smile whatever hour of the day, and they have the best micheladas in town!
- Heavy Trash Pickup Day – It’s like a holiday for me, but better since it happens way more frequently than once a year. Although I sometimes lament Houston’s disinterest in keeping cool historical buildings (read: beautiful crumbling ruins) hanging around, the trade-off is a treasure trove on many a corner. Among the piled architectural refuse is some potential gem, waiting to be rescued and repurposed into art.
- The Cactus King – Perhaps my favorite place in Houston, if not on earth. Like the Orange Show, this is an oasis of beauty and whimsical energy that the owner, a true character, has built up over years of collection, creation and cultivation. Half succulent sanctuary, half folk art park, and half surrealist landscape; enjoy the desert vibes.
- Yeti Sunshine – Best. Sno-cones. Ever. Serena and Arthur, owners of this little truck, concoct some of the most unique and delicious treats you’ll ever try… from all-natural ingredients. Love the name, to which I’ve developed a serious case of Pavlovian response mechanism. *Drooling.
About Patrick Renner
Patrick Renner is a Houston-based sculptor. He has received multiple public art commissions including Funnel Tunnel (Montrose Boulevard, 2013-2015; now on view in New Orleans), Harbinger (Heights Boulevard, 2016) and a permanent piece in Austin, currently underway in conjunction with Flying Carpet (Nick Moser and Kelly O’Brien). He has been recognized by Houston Press for the Mastermind Award (2015) and Best Artist (2016). Trumpet Flower, a massive sculpture and shade structure produced by Flying Carpet, is on view in Main Street Square as part of the Art Blocks public art initiative through March 2017.