Procession Wortham Center Stairway Sculptures
Formed, fabricated, and painted steel
28’h x 22’w x 5’d
Wortham Center Opera Box Handles and Façade Door Handles
Dimensions range within 1-3'h x 2-3'w x 4"d
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas
The door handles and stairway sculptures were designed for the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. The eight stairway sculptures flank the main ascent to the theatre that is the home for the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera.
"This was the first time I used clusters of pod-capped staves wrapped with flying ribbons in an architectural setting. Because it is an opera house with the grand vaulted Lobby, I wanted to turn the escalator into a triumphant ceremonial Passage. The ribbons cantilever as far as 20 feet, flowing from right to left across the steps as though the building's energy, it's architectural space, determined it. In the center of the escalator, the ribbons meet in a theatrical gesture from one sculpture to another." Albert Paley