Sugar Land, TX – The city of Sugar Land recently unveiled a major extension to Natural Rhythm by Houston-based artist Katy Antill.
The mosaic is located on Brooks Street between State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90. The extension adds a total of 354 square feet of new ceramic tile to the bridge. Antill was commissioned to design and install the continuation of her original work that was unveiled during summer of 2021.
The project’s original selection panel evaluated the extension design to ensure the new mosaic is a seamless continuation of the previous artwork. Panelists were comprised of local residents and Sugar Land PARCS board members. The selection panel was impressed by the artist’s signature design to expand her original artwork that creates additional interest along nearby walking paths and provides an inviting opportunity for social media engagement and family photos.
Similar to the original artwork, the extension to Natural Rhythm depicts a day-to-night motif containing numerous species of flora and fauna native to the Sugar Land area. The most recent addition incorporates 16 new species in total.
Natural Rhythm is part of the city’s ongoing public art program, an effort identified by citizens to enhance destination centers and public places that attract both visitors and residents.
“This public art project represents the continued implementation of our Public Art Program,” said Sugar Land Cultural Arts Manager Sha Davis. “It not only enhances the beauty of Sugar Land, but it builds our reputation as an art and cultural destination. It’s our goal to create memorable, meaningful places that are focal points for our community and enhance the appearance of our public facilities.
“Our Public Art Plan is designed to support our community on several levels such as helping businesses attract more customers, provide work for local artists and beautify our city for residents and visitors.”
The project is a component of Sugar Land’s Public Art Plan, a document approved by the City Council in November 2016. The plan outlines a vision and programmatic direction for public art in Sugar Land. Funding for the project comes from restricted revenue sources and does not include property taxes.
For more information about the artwork, email the Sugar Land Office of Environment and Neighborhood Services Cultural Arts Division at email@example.com.
Pictured (L-R) are Selection committee member Leon Anhaiser; Cultural Arts Foundation Board member Bridget Yeung; City Councilmembers Naushad Kermally, Stewart Jacobson and Carol K. McCutcheon; Antill; City Councilmember William Ferguson; resident Savannah Faubion; City Councilmember Suzanne Whatley; and Davis.