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Installation Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

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On July 20th 1969, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made history by planting an American flag on the moon and becoming the first humans to step foot on another planet. SkyWaves is an artistic collaboration between River Oaks District and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Produced by local creative studio MATTER, the installation elegantly honors the Apollo 11 Mission’s groundbreaking success 50 years ago. 

The exhibit’s site-specific and mesmerizing artwork is inspired by the Mylar space blankets designed by NASA in 1964. The installation consists of four 50-foot quadrants seemingly floating in the sky and numerous indoor pillars. Each component consists of over 1,000 hand-cut flags to reference the first U.S. flag planted on the moon by our heroic astronauts.

Skywaves is an immersive indoor and outdoor experience that took a total of 15 people and 2,400 hours to build. The floating outdoor installation reflects natural light at all angles, giving a brilliancy to its out of this world elements. If you step inside the exhibit, you will find massive indoor pillars that give you an up close view of the artwork’s innovative and exquisite materials. This installation will captivate you at first glance and leave you with a nostalgic feeling as you think back to this momentous event in history. 

The SkyWaves exhibit will be displayed from now until mid-October, so head on over to River Oaks District to view this stunning artwork while popping into the chic boutiques and delicious restaurants this center has to offer.


All Photos Courtesy of Alejandro Montoya

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