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Countree Music


Location: south concourse of Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport


Countree Music is a multi-media artwork consisting of four primary elements: a bronze tree, a terrazzo map of the world, an original sound system and enhanced lighting.

The individual elements are artistic creations that are part of the artwork as a whole and each of the elements is intrinsic to the piece. The bronze oak tree was the species chosen because of its prevalence in the Houston area. The terrazzo map was designed by the artist and encompasses an altered configuration of the continents of the world. The sound system music indigenous to a specific continent are audible when standing on or near a particular continent on the map.

The music is original and created specifically for Countree Music. It was performed and recorded by Terry Allen, David Byrne and Joe Ely.

Countree Music by Terry Allen

About the Artist


Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He has received numerous awards and honors including Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships, as well as an induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame. His work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe, and is represented in major private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the LA County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.

His numerous public commissions can be found in such places as LA’s City-Corps Plaza, San Francisco’s Moscone Center, The Stuart Collections at UCSD in La Joya and Denver, and Dallas/Ft. Worth Intercontinental Airport.

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