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Light Spikes

Location: near Terminal E and the Mickey Leland International Arrivals Building at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Lights Spikes was conceived by Jay Baker/ Llewelyn-Davies Sahni, Inc. a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrial Nations held in Houston that year.

The large abstract flags that represent the European Economic Community as well as the seven counties that participated in the Summit were originally installed in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

The AIA, Houston Chapter, The Municipal Art Commission, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Houston Post presented Llewelyn-Davis Sahni/Jay Baker with the Grand Award, Most Innovative for an outstanding Contribution to the environment of the City of Houston by creating a spectacular backdrop for international media coverage of the economic summit and a striking addition to Houston’s Public Art Collection.

Light Spikes by Jay Baker/ Llewelyn-Davies Sahni, Inc.
This sculpture consists of eight flags that are individually wrapped around square columns. Each “spike” is supported by an aluminum grid structure and a 10 foot concrete pier below the ground. The columns lean at a ten degree angle toward a central point that represents Houston.

The distance between each “spike” and this point is relative to the distance between Houston and the capital of the country the flags represent. The countries represented are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Canada, Italy and Germany, as well as the European community.

About the Artist

Houstonian Jay Baker, formerly of Llewelyn-Davis Sahni, is the founder and president of Jay Baker Architects. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, and also serves as president of the Rice Design Alliance, a non-profit extension of Rice University's School of Architecture.

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