Big Bubble LbNA # 65506
|Placed Date||Aug 14 2013|
|Location||515 Preston St, Houston, TX|
Go to the 500-block of Preston Street where it crosses over Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston near The Wortham Center. There is metered parking along Preston Street. I think you might also be able to park for short periods in the post office lot a block away. Stand on the side of the bridge with the large brick & stainless steel pillars flanking you. Face oncoming one-way traffic. You will see that these 70' tall art pillars continue to your left. These are known as the Seven Wonders. Let's agree that the pillar on your right is #1, the one on your left is #2, and that the numbers keep going up as the columns march on to the left. Walk to #2. Look on the brick base for a mysterious unmarked red button. Push it. You know you want to. Just push it! It sounds like something is happening. Now run towards the middle of the bridge and look over the railing into the bayou below. You'll see The Big Bubble form in the water. It's easier if you have someone with you who will push the button while you gawk so you don't have to run back and forth. It's also best to go when the bayou is not too full with recent rains. I'll leave it up to you whether or not you want to time the bubble to startle unsuspecting kayakers. The Big Bubble was conceived by Dean Ruck. It serves to aerate Buffalo Bayou while creating a curiosity for passers-by. It is interactive, ephemeral public art.
To find the box, walk down to the bubble itself. From pillar #2, go down the flight of stairs. Walk along the mezzanine to pillar #4 and descend the stairs through its brick base. Walk towards the bayou and slightly to the right. Go down that last flight of steps to the water level. You will be facing the Downtown Aquarium on the opposite side of the bayou. Turn right and walk along the brick path with the bayou on your left and an ivy-covered wall on your right. There are two large bushes on your right before the Preston bridge. The box is in the base of the second bush, buried in sand. I think it's important to recover it completely since there are many homeless people in this area who are likely to come across it. For this reason, I also suggest that you do not go here alone at night.