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was going to be a challenge and turning it into an opportunity to get their visions for this city. Mel Chin: When I went back to when I was most engaged as a child and I remember the Houston fat livestock and rodeo and they had an art exhibition. When you're talented and you're young, but you're also isolated and Cashmere Gardens, you might not know there's a whole city around you. That really opened my eyes to a world of talent all over the place, so I used that kind of format to take those ideas and gave those concepts to the Houston Independent School District to wage a competition for them to illustrate those notions. My role was to articulate or do the technical or formal aspects to realize that. Speaker 2: Children in their unedited, enthusiasm for the themes came out with these really honest expressions and the idea of invention and technology was one of the themes and the student proposed an invention for the future that was a butt warmer and we had a lot of discussion about where could this butt warmer have come from and it's in there. It's in one of the towers. Guy: It was a really tough design problem for the park as a whole to try to come up with a way to make it feel comfortable to be between a bile down in a deep ditch and a huge brick wall 110 feet in the air, so they played this overall role in kind of bridging that gap between the very natural environment and the very
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manmade environment. They also draw the skyline into the park if you go to the hill where George Bush's statue is now and look back, you'll notice the cadence of the skyline is drawn into the park via those seven towers. I think they are an incredible element for Houston. Very few cities that have works of art at that scale. Mel Chin: The most important aspect of the seven wonders is confirmation that I as an artist am not alone. That here's a project that I was able to achieve because I had 1050 other individuals helping on it.
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  • Wonders of the World, Mel Chin

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