Open Channel Flow: What Happens When Public Art “Breaks”?

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In the fall of 2009, a piece of installation artwork called Open Channel Flow was installed just west of the Jamail Skate Park and Sabine Street Bridge, along Buffalo Bayou. The sculpture, which made use of existing piping and blended in with the nearby Sabine Street Pump Station, included an old-fashioned handle that could be pumped to produce a shower of water from a spigot 30 feet above.

The only problem? After the first couple of months, it never did work correctly.

I contact the city’s arts organizations to find out, what happens when public art breaks?

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