The striking structure consists of 126 giant, five-foot tall, double-sided playing cards, many of which sport custom artwork created by 20 Houston-based artists.
By day, the cards’ crisp white lines and vivid images make a powerful impression. But House of Cards comes alive at night, when colorful projected animation creates the illusion of the entire house of cards rising and falling to the music of an original soundtrack.
Timed, free reservations are required for weekend viewing, and social distancing measures will be implemented.
Visitors are invited to share their experiences using the hashtags #HouseOfCards and #DiscoveryGreen.
Houston Artists Participating in House of Cards
The local Houston artists who contributed to the installation are Daria Aksenova, Sharon Anderson, Debra Barrera, Vivienne Dang, Linh-Tran Do, Bill Ferenc, Vincent Fink, Moni Garcia, Nela Garzon, Sebastian Gomez de la Torre, Sherry Tseng Hill, Hedwige Jacobs, Patrick Joven, Heather Ohuabunwa, Zeus Paredes, Hugo Perez, Carra Sykes, Janice Tauro, David Tsai and Jasmine Zelaya.
They were selected by a local jury through an open call which generated 188 submissions.
About House of Cards
Israeli design studio OGE Group created the House of Cards art installation, commissioned by Discovery Green Conservancy’s Public Art Committee.
Variations of the installation have been displaying s around the world, integrating art and designs that are unique to each local arts community.
Once the Houston exhibit is complete, the cards adorned with the work of Houston artists will continued to be featured in future iterations of the House of Cards all over the world. In its original state, a house of cards is a fragile creation.
Free Reservations Required on Weekends
Social distancing practices are being required while viewing the installation.
Therefore advance registration is required for 20-minute viewing windows on weekends. Viewing slots are available every 20 minutes on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 10am to 10pm, and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. Click here to reserve a viewing window on those days of the week.
Other Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions
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Please contact this organizer directly if you have any questions about their operational guidelines during this time.
House of Cards at Discovery Green
- Dates: Saturday, August 29, 2020 through Sunday, October 11, 2020.
- Times: Dawn to 11pm. Free advance registration is required for 20-minute viewing windows on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 10am to 10pm, and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. Click here to reserve a viewing window on those days of the week.
- Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
- Parking: Street, surface lot, and garage parking are available.
- Admission: Free, although advance registration is required for 20-minute viewing windows on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 10am to 10pm, and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. Click here to reserve a viewing window on those days of the week, or for more information.
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