The nature-inspired mosaic in Midtown Park has been recognized nationally as one of the Best Public Art Projects by Americans for the Arts. This honor is determined by public art experts in the only national program that awards public arts projects.
The aptly titled ‘Wild Wonderland,’ created by local artist Dixie Friend Gay, is a perfect encapsulation of the wildlife native to Houston–in the first twelve inches above ground level. Friend-Gay is nationally renowned for her depictions of the natural world, and this installation does not disappoint. Viewed from a distance, the realistic detail is impressive, but the closer one gets to the wall, more appreciable the level of complexity becomes.
Landscape Architect: Design Workshop, Inc
Mural Artist: Dixie Friend Gay
Photography: Brandon Huttenlocher / Design Workshop, Inc
Planning Process Award, Parks & Natural Areas – Honorable Mention, H-GAC (Houston-Galveston Area Council) Development of Distinction Award - Open Space Category, ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award - People's Choice Award, ULI Houston Honor Award, ASLA Texas