Thursday, July 19, Judge Adele Hedges, Chief Justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals and her husband,Dan Hedges, opened their Upper Kirby LEED Platinum home to officially kick-off the Surls on Kirby civic art project.
James Surls, a former Houston resident and internationally known sculptor, is creating his Tree and Three Flowers bronze and stainless steel sculpture for the Upper Kirby community. The iconic piece will stand 26' high and will be prominently displayed in the middle of Kirby Drive between Westheimer and Kipling. As one of Houston's most heavily traversed thoroughfares, placement on Kirby will allow this piece to be enjoyed by thousands of people every day. At that scale, the sculpture will illuminate the Upper Kirby skyline and be visible from US 59.
Nancy Littlejohn, Chairman of the Upper Kirby Arts Initiative, welcomed over 125 friends and supporters of James Surls and announced the Surls on Kirby plans to install the artwork by late 2012 or early 2013. The model for the sculpture was exhibited at the kick-off event. The Surls on Kirby Project is made possible through a public and private partnership between Upper Kirby District Foundation (501c3), Upper Kirb
Lt. to Rt.: James Surls, International Sculptor, Adele and Dan Hedges
y Management District, Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority and philanthropic individuals and businesses.
Among those attending the event were: Nancy and Eric Littlejohn, Clayton Erickson, Nancy Allen, Judy Nyquist, Buddy and Cindy Bailey, Rob Axelson, Minnette Boesel, Betty Moody, Bob McClain, Judge Jan Crocker, Betty and Stephen Newton, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Rob Rowland, Stephanie Smither and Peter Brown.
James Surls was born in East Texas and he taught at Southern Methodist University. James and his wife, Charmaine Locke lived in Splendora, Texas for over 20 years. They now reside in Carbondale, CO. Among his many accomplishments is the founding of the Lawndale Alternative Arts Center at the University of Houston.