Witness Houston heroes projected onto living trees at Monuments at Discovery Green

Photo: Timothy Marroquin

Honor unsung Houston heroes at Discovery Green’s winter art installation, Monuments, looming large on the Jones Lawn near the Anheuser Busch stage now through Monday, January 18, 2021.

With five living trees serving as the canvas, Monuments is Discovery Green’s newest and strikingly beautiful installation, featuring slow-motion, close-up, projected faces of notable Houstonians that creates a “monument” bridging the individual to nature.

Created by world renown Australian artist Craig Walsh, the installation honors Houstonians like Tommy Garcia-Prats of Finca Tres Robles farm; Shirin Herman, an educator known for their 35+ years of helping non-English speaking children; Virginia Mendoza, a pediatric hospice care nurse; Joy Sewing, an award-winning columnist for the Houston Chronicle and author; and Preston Witt of Harmony House, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless in Houston.

While Discovery Green is open daily from dawn to 10pm, the images are only visible after dark and are best viewed from the projection boxes located on the Jones Lawn and near the Anheuser Busch stage. 

Social Distancing & COVID-19

Businesses and organizations in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

Although vaccines have been approved and distribution has begun, supplies are still limited. Health officials have severely cautioned that it will take until late spring 2021 before the U.S. might be able to expect a level of herd immunity. In the meantime, masks are strongly advised to help curb the increasing spread of COVID-19 this winter.

Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

Monuments by Craig Walsh at Discovery Green