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Artist Conversations Series to Feature Creator of UHD ‘Cloud Deck’ Artwork


By Mark Kramer

The creator of the four-story, eye catching structure inside the atrium of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Shea Street Building will be one of the featured creative talents as part the Public Art University of Houston System’s “On Site x Off Site Live Artist Conversations Series.”

New York artist Jacob Hashimoto, who designed “Cloud Deck,” housed in the Marilyn Davies College of Business will be part of a panel discussion at the virtual event that will be held from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Registration is required.

Hashimoto’s three-dimensional structure that was commissioned in 2010 is comprised of thousands of miniature kites made of bamboo stiffened rice paper hexigons suspended with nylon fishing line and is clearly visible from both inside and outside the Shea Street Building.

"I wanted people to have this sensibility…you could see through the piece to the city and see through the building to the piece," Hashimoto explained in a 2018 interview with UHD News.

Joining Hashimoto for the live event will be Internationally known artist Margo Sawyer, whose latest work, “Synchronicity of Color: Victoria” is displayed at the University of Houston-Victoria. Dr. María C. Gaztambide, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art of the University of Houston System will serve as moderator for the discussion.

To learn more about the live artist’s series, visit their website.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.