New art adorns the sidewalks of Texas Avenue as the sculpture trail is officially open. City crews, volunteers, and several of the artists were on hand for the installations of each piece of art. Twenty pieces will be a part of the trail. It’s an idea that is expected to be a tourist attraction and will bring people back to downtown Baytown.
The plans have been in the works for a year. The Baytown Arts, Culture and Entertainment District Board, as well as consultants, have been deciding which sculptures would be a part of the display. ACE District President Dr. Yvonne Thomas is excited for everyone to see the trail. She said, “I know that people are going to love it.”
Artists came from across the country and Canada to bring these statues to Baytown. Artist Lee Leuning, who has two pieces along Town Square, came from South Dakota to deliver his artworks. Lee said, “We have never been this far south but we think the sculpture trail is a great idea. It worked well in South Dakota and it can do the same here.”
The idea originated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Consultant Jim Clark created the walk. He said, “No one went downtown, especially at night. There was nothing to do. We came up with the idea of the sculpture walk, it caught on, and it helped transformed the area. Now it’s a bustling downtown.”
The trail is already creating a buzz. Armando Castillo posted on Facebook that he’s in town for Spring Break. He said, “I had the privilege to see these amazing sculptures before they are exhibited! Honestly this town has such a beautiful downtown art district!” Other people in downtown for this week’s Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series were also talking about the sculptures.
The plan is for new works to be included each year, so the view will always change. You can actually own these one-a-kind creations. They are for sale or lease. You will also have the chance to vote on your favorite piece while you’re there. For maps and other information, contact the ACE District at 281-810-2990.