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From Water to Art

A U.S. City Transforms an Abandoned Cistern into a Public Space for Art Installations

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PHOTO BY KATYA-HORNER, COURTESY OF THE BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP

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The exhibit “Rain: Magdalena Fernández” opened in the renovated cistern in December.

A Texas city's art scene is going underground. An abandoned cistern in Houston, Texas, USA has been transformed into a public space for art installations. The aging structure, which was decommissioned in 2007, would have been razed if a local non-profit hadn't received a US$1.7 million grant to reimagine the space. The project team made the space safe and accessible for visitors by carving a new entranceway, adding walkways and fire doors, and installing a lighting system. The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern's first art installation opened in December.

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