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Earth & Skyline

Client: George R. Brown Convention Center

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team


Shane Allbritton



Christine West

Houston First


Captured in this piece are images of Houston environments from various altitudes that are conflated into an abstract composition combining imagery of multiple days, weather conditions, seasons and times of day. Time-lapse techniques and digital manipulation are used to represent various “moments” that blur together and express the actual “passage of time” visually. Within one gesture, they communicate multiple atmospheric qualities of a specific space. Photography is, in itself, a sort of time machine that transports you to a moment or experience – this work takes that notion and distorts it, obscuring the scene while keeping intact a common essence. Much like a memory trying to resurface, it is a challenge to specifically identify its components however the mood it creates will resonate as a familiar experience.

From a distance the overall mural reflects a lively, vibrant impression of Houston’s various elevations from bayou images near the bottom, merging upwards into images of city life and nature, and further upwards into the Houston skyline. Upon closer inspection, the viewer will discover many details that give away its specific locations.

The vertical-striated rhythm created from the imagery is also expressed sculpturally as acrylic strips that are pinned inches off the


Located at an entrance to the Houston convention center, this work welcomes visitors with images of Houston's immediate environment spliced together representing an impression of an experience that could only happen in Houston.