On May 4, 2017 I had FREE tickets (Thursday’s free day) to see The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park to see Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern. You do need to make advanced reservations online!
I will preface what I am about to say by first telling you that upon completion of the tour, several people clapped! I guess I just may have been expecting a bit more. So in all honesty, I personally wouldn’t recommend this, BUT like I said, many of the others on the tour (about 40-50 of us I’d guess) absolutely LOVED it…not that it was bad – just not for me. Don’t get me wrong – it was nice, but I would have been bummed out had I paid for the tickets. Again, if you look at the Yelp reviews…people loved it. Oh well, can’t love everything!!! So here it what is on the site….
- 87,500 square feet or the size of 1.5 football fields
- 221– 25-foot tall, slender concrete columns span the space
- Holds 15 million gallons of water when functioning at capacity
- 8-inch thick concrete roof and 8– 18-inch thick concrete side walls
- 17-second echo
- SWA Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley first called the reservoir “the Cistern” because it reminded him of the ancient Roman cisterns under Istanbul
Commissioned by the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) in partnership with the City of Houston, the seven-foot Down Periscope is housed in a jasmine covered stainless steel arbor, creating a shady, welcoming space for experiencing the work of art.
Down Periscope can also be accessed online from anywhere in the world at downperiscopehouston.com. Please note that Down Periscope will be offline during tours of Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern.”
If anyone else has seen this, I’d be very curious as to YOUR thoughts!
Anyway, next door to the Cistern is the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark so let’s check that out…
Thank you for visiting!! Let me know if there’s anything you want me to try to see next 🙂
Elizabeth and Max