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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Sugar Land Cultural Arts Division Unveils Dogwoods at Eldridge Park

Dogwoods at Eldridge Park

Sculpture Described as Breathtaking Fusion of Art, Functionality

Sugar Land, TX – The city of Sugar Land recently installed the first of four artworks described as a remarkable sculptural bench series intended to enhance city parks with a unique blend of art and utility. 

Artist Elizabeth Akamatsu skillfully crafted the inaugural piece called "Dogwoods," which is now on display at Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road. 

"Dogwoods" stands as an enchanting representation of the Dogwood flower, captivating viewers with its mesmerizing play of light and shadow. The sculpture utilizes the ever-changing sunlight to cast captivating shapes on its surface, infusing a touch of whimsy and elegance into Eldridge Park.

Akamatsu's artistic vision takes a natural wonder and elevates it into an abstract masterpiece, expertly designed to serve as both a sculptural focal point and a functional bench for park-goers to enjoy. This blending of form and function is a testament to the innovative spirit of Sugar Land's commitment to the beautification of the city.

"This new series of pieces being introduced in our parks is a resounding statement of our dedication to the enhancement of our city's aesthetics,” explains Sugar Land Cultural Arts Manager Sha Davis.  “The 'Dogwoods' piece is a striking addition to Eldridge Park, offering an enduring source of inspiration for all who visit.”

This fusion of art and practicality embodies Sugar Land's ongoing efforts to create public spaces that foster a sense of community and appreciation for the arts. Residents and visitors are invited to experience "Dogwoods" for themselves and share in the celebration of art, nature and the beauty of Sugar Land.

Artist Elizabeth Akamatsu  and Dogwoods at Eldridge Park

Photo Caption: Elizabeth Akamatsu is an accomplished artist known for her ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. With a keen eye for nature and a unique perspective on the world, Elizabeth's sculptures inspire and delight viewers. Learn more about her work at

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