July 2011 installation of the billboard (left) and opening reception under the billborad on July 7th, with June Woest, Catherine, Lina Corinth and Jean-FrancoisMeyrat, both from the Swiss American Society of Houston
Eastbound Bellaire Boulevard, drivers may note the streetscape before them is above them as well when they approach the railroad trestle.
High above the tracts, Roadsign USA's billboard of art and culture now sports a giant version of a small paper cutout of the 4200 Bllaire Blvd. The piece is titled "Rat Race", which is Roadside USA's sixth featured project.
Crafted by artist Catherine Winkler, the original paper cutout is a mere 14 x 17 inches. Roadsign USA enlarged it for display as its latest featured project.
Every three months June Woest, a member of Urban Artists, invites an artist to collaborate for the Roadsign USA project. This roadsign is located in an unremarkable location on a heavily traveled boulevard, Woest said. "It rises above the federal train tracks on the West, is shorter than the public cell phone and electricity towers on the south - it's just another public utility pole, more or less". For more information visit www.junewoest.com
Double vision: Roadsign USA Displays a streetscape above the street!
The original papercutting was made to scale, before being enlarged and printed on the billboard.
In 1989 - 1990 Catherine was commissioned by the owner of the "Republicain's" Newspaper in Estavayer-le-Lac, in Switzerland to produce 24 stained-glass windows, for their conference room. An 18 foot mural was later added below the stained-glass windows.
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