Name check timeless artists on David Adickes’ giant Art Sculpture at Sawyer Yards

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Snap a photo next to the name of your favorite artist on the 35-foot Art sculpture by David Adickes at Sawyer Yards in the Heights.

Nestled in the ever-expanding Sawyer Street campus in the Washington Avenue Arts District, this giant ode to artists is the creation of David Adickes, the Houston-area sculptor responsible for some of our city’s most larger-than-life public art, including the We Love Houston SignVirtuoso at the Lyric Center in Downtown, his renowned President heads and regal Beatles statues, and the 76-foot tall Sam Houston monument in Huntsville.

Adickes’ latest sculpted gift to Houston, which goes simply by the name of Art, comes in the form of a 35-foot tall set of three multi-colored letters which spell out the name of the piece. On the base of Adickes’ enormous sculpture are names of many historical artists with a spot that reads “Your name here,” written in gold lettering. 

Adickes himself has stated the work is designed to be a “selfie spot” for people to take pictures with the piece. For the photographers, note that the sculpture is situated in a spot that offers an excellent shot of the Downtown skyline just behind it. 

About Sawyer Yards

Located in the Washington Avenue Arts District near the Heights, Sawyer Yards is one of the largest creative campuses in the nation with six buildings, spread across more than 36 acres. It houses more than 300 working artists and multiple small businesses.

And with the addition of Adickes’ work to the forefront of Sawyer Yards, the sculpture is able to represent what the expanding area embraces most, art.

Photo: Shelbi Nicole

About David Adickes

Though he began his art career as a painter, David Adickes has become highly regarded in Houston for his beloved sculptures, especially his U.S. president heads and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles sculptures. After studying in France and traveling extensively throughout the world, Adickes was commissioned in 1983 to make his first monumental sculpture, Virtuoso, at the Lyric Center in Downtown. Notably, in 1994 Adickes completed his 76-foot tall Sam Houston sculpture which sits proudly in Huntsville, Texas. Houstonians can also spot Adickes’ iconic “We Love Houston” sign visible from the Katy Freeway near the Heights. 

Art Sculpture at Sawyer Yards

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Houston-based artist Shelbi Nicole manages a small creative firm called Shelbi Nicole Designs. She develops public art projects, murals, signage, and more. In 2014, Houston Press named her one of "Houston's Top 10 Painters." She's also the creative director of Rozendove Luxury Scarves and ambassador for #HoustonNoLimits through The Greater Houston Partnership. When she's not writing about life in Houston, she can likely be found anywhere there is live music.