Another Work of Art

Yesterday, while we were walking along the waterway, I happened to notice this odd piece of artwork. From a distance, it resembles a silver obelisk, reaching for the sky, and shot full of holes. What in the world…?

Well, naturally, we just had to go and investigate. As we got closer to it, we could see that the silver pillar was triangular in shape and still, it appeared to be shot full of holes. Very odd…

Upon an even closer inspection, however, the “holes” made more sense.


The sculpture seems to be made of stainless steel or aluminum and has cut-outs of birds going all the way to the top. Around the base of it, there are three plaques.

The Promise of a New Millennium Dedicated December 2000, Sculptor Bruce White


The Hope of a New Hometown – The Woodlands, founded October 1974, Founder, George P. Mitchell

The Fulfillment of the Vision, The Woodlands Waterway, Inaugurated ___  Developer, The Woodlands Operating Company

(Sorry, I didn’t get the date in on this shot. Guess I’ll have to go back!)

So it appears that the three sides each represent a date significant to The Woodlands, and the birds represent… nature, I guess. The birds are pretty, but you can’t help but wonder why the sculptor didn’t do cutouts of trees. I mean this is The Woodlands, after all. Still, it is a remarkable sculpture, and even though you think you’ll just walk up and give it a quick glance, something about it holds your attention. We found ourselves standing there, staring up at that tall, silvery, triangular “pillar” for much longer than we intended. You’ll have to go check it out for yourself and see if it has the same effect on you. If you haven’t already studied it, I think you’ll find it interesting. It’s along a walkway leading from the waterway up to the pavilion. It’s so tall that you can hardly miss it. Do any of you know anything about the sculptor or this particular work of art? If so, I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment or send me an email at

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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