AGAVE ROAD TRAIN: ARTIST ELLEN CHADICK
EXLEY ELEMENTARY: EXLEY EXPRESS PAINTED BY PARENTS
CITIZENS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION TRAIN
KATY HERITAGE PARK TRAIN: ARTIST CARRIE CURRIE
TRADITION BANK TRAIN: ARTIST GEORGE MORENO
ALL ABOARD KATY!
PUBLIC ART WITH A PURPOSE
What is Public Art? Public art is any form of artwork that is installed in an area where the general public will be able to view it at any time. Pubic art has been around for centuries, but the idea of large scale themed public art projects is relatively new. Most agree that in America, the trend began in the summer of 1999 with “Cows on Parade™ in Chicago”. This whimsical exhibition featured over 300 life-sized fiberglass cows, hand-painted by local artists, that were found grazing in the parks and lounging on sidewalks throughout the city of Chicago. Eventually, these beautiful bovines were rounded up and auctioned off for charity, creating a coast-to-coast public art craze. There were Pigs in Cincinnati. Fish in Baltimore. Mermaids in Norfolk. Donkeys and Elephants in Washington, DC. Hearts in San Francisco. Seagulls in Salt Lake City. Painted Ponies in Santa Fe... and the parades continued. What made these public art projects unique, in addition to the amazing, original art they produced, was the way they brought communities together. Local businesses, individuals, artists and charitable organizations forged alliances and developed a new paradigm for partners with fun public art at its very core. These extraordinary public art exhibitions spark new interest in tourism and create a sense of identity while raising funds for worthy organizations. The Katy Heritage Society is bringing this fun and spirited idea to the Katy area with ALL ABOARD KATY! Public Art with a Purpose...
What is the purpose? The Katy area is generally defined as everything within the KatyISD boundaries. Within this 181 square miles there are many neighborhoods, planned developments, new construction, business corridors, old and new shopping venues and more. For many visitors the Katy area is identified only by the sign on I-10 that reads “Katy Area, Next Nine Exits.” The placement of colorful locomotives throughout Katy will identify and unite the area with a fun and creative public art project. This kind of project has been proven to promote tourism and generate traffic to installation locations. The result is an improved spirit of community, a sense of identity for residents and visitors and permanent public art that stimulates economic development. As Katy’s first large scale community art initiative, we are grateful to have the endorsement of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, The Katy Economic Development Council and Texas Commission on the Arts. ALL ABOARD KATY! will do so much for the community while also providing much needed funds for the Katy Heritage Society and ARTreach.