METRO Arts In Transit Program Awarded

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Date: April 30, 2014

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Artist and University of Houston professor Paul Kittelson’s community-selected sculpture, “You Are Here,” is now added to the Magnolia Park landscape along METRO's new East End Line

Paul Kittelson's "You Are Here" sculpture placed.

Houston’s historic East End has received its latest art installation as part of METRO’s 'Arts in Transit' program.

Paul Kittelson’s metal sculpture, near the East End (Green) Line's Magnolia Park Station, is one of just three sculptures included in the METRORail expansion program. The other two will be placed along the Southeast (Purple) Line this year.

KIttelson, a local artist and University of Houston associate professor, created “You Are Here”. The installation consists of three signposts with wind vanes topped by symbols representing the city of Houston, the state of Texas, and the world. The East End community selected the locations to be featured. 

Kittelson is one of Houston's most prolific public artists, with works in schools, parks and public spaces throughout the city. “The sculpture serves as a visual and geographic identifier for the station,” says Kittelson. “Seeing the names and distances of places near and far will engage the imagination of the viewer and add a unique perspective to their location.”

The METRORail expansion project's three new lines add 15.3 miles of track and 24 stations - spotlighting Houston’s diverse culture with vibrant Arts in Transit displays.  Each station showcases original, singular pieces of work from 14 artists, 12 from the Houston area.

About the East End (Green) Line

The 3.3-mile East End (Green) Line travels Harrisburg sharing the track that is closest to downtown with the Southeast (Purple) Line. From EaDo/Stadium station, passengers can transfer and travel to UH Central Campus and Texas Southern University as well as the Palm Center Transit Center.

About the Artist

Paul Kittelson has shown regionally and nationally and internationally. His large-scale commissions feature at prominent locations near downtown Houston including Bayou Beacons and Heritage Lanterns. Kittelson’s expressive materials and wit carry over into his recent gallery exhibitions at Barbara Davis Gallery.