April 11

On Display: Art at One Allen Center

As you stroll through the renovated One Allen Center, you may notice a series of art installations that adorn its walls and ceilings. In planning the Reimagining of Allen Center, Brookfield Properties commissioned a series of public artworks to be integrated into the downtown building’s new design. 

Hanging from the ceiling of the first floor lobby at One Allen Center is the eye-catching Prismatic Clouds by award-winning Japanese artist, Tokujin Yoshioka. Yoshioka’s first permanent installation in the U.S., the 46′ x 26′ x 16′ sculpture is comprised of more than 17,000 colorless prism rods suspended from the ceiling. Prismatic Clouds generates transparent layers that allow light to permeate, creating a sparkling formation reminiscent of a cloud. 

Tokujin Yoshioka’s Prismatic Clouds

When you make your way upstairs to the second floor, you’ll come across Draped Arches in Gold, a massive installation by Brooklyn-based sculptor and installation artist, Rachel Mica Weiss. Draped Arches in Gold is an immersive installation composed of two swinging arcs in shining nylon rope. By inverting the classical architectural arch and introducing it into an industrialized, straight-lined interior, Weiss fuses two architectural styles and creates a visually striking juxtaposition within the new One Allen Center lobby.

Rachel Mica Weiss’ Draped Arches in Gold

Three of the pieces come from famed English sculptor, Richard Long. Inspired by land-based natural sculpture, Long uses photography, text, and maps of landscapes he’s traveled through as mediums for his art.

Mississippi River Blues is housed behind the second floor front desk of the new One Allen Center lobby. This piece is composed of four panels of carborundum relief printed in Titanium White Ink over Hahnemuhle Etching White 350 gsm paper, with an acrylic wash in Mars Black.

Richard Long’s Mississippi River Blues

Sweet Old World is another art piece by Long and can be found at the end of the One Allen Center elevator bank. This piece, a mix of bright red and orange hues, is a single panel carborundum relief print in Black/Ultramarine with a blue ink mix on Hahnemuhle Etching White 350 gsm paper. Opposite of Sweet Old World is Hickory Wind, which is similar in composition but is instead a dark black and grey variation.

Richard Long’s Sweet Old World

We encourage you to visit One Allen Center and experience the art installations firsthand! Be sure to share your photos on social media by tagging us and using #AllenCenterHTX.

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Photos courtesy of Peter Molick Photography.