SmokeSax 5 floor tall sculpture Issue: What's the big deal?
SmokeSax approval means Fonde Park integration by the Orange Show
Aprovacion del SmokeSax es El Primero Paso en la Integracion de Nuestro Parque Fonde a el nuevo campus del Orange Show
SmokeSax Approval Could Mean Fonde Park Appropiation by the Orange Show
Left: The proposed site of the SmokeSax where the OS would coordinate programming including concerts. Some of the identified concerns are lack of parking, appropriation of the existing Bayou observation area, and loud music from concerts.
September 5th Update:
We have delivered a survey to hear your opinion about public art in our neighborhood. Your answer matters. We want to hear from you. Please fill out the survey. If you need an additional copy just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 27th Update:
We are working hard on a flyer about this issue which will be coming to you along with our June Newletter. Also we will be distributing a survey to each household. Make your voice heard on what your opinion is. Your Voice Matters!
May 19th Update:
May 5th Online Meeting: 60+ people attended the online meeting. How many of those who attended were from our neighborhood we do not know. Thank you to those who attended the meeting.
May 10th City Council Meeting: FCC's treasurer Molly Salazar and president Karina Blest went to City Hall to reiterate our request for a community survey and for Fonde Park to remain a park serving our neighborhood. Our main request is for the City to create a protocol to allow neighborhoods to give or not give consent for large artworks to be placed in their community spaces.
You can watch the video of what was actually said here: To watch what was actually said without the biased Chronicle May 11th article:
Houston Chronicle Articles:
May 6th: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Orange-Show-Smokesax-Brays-Bayou-Greenway-17152750.php?fbclid=IwAR2-k0ZSOkIvn3g8Rvj2Y9kXpFj58dUNgsjqakx5qDuXWw0NcbMqRvxldSU
It has recently come to our attention that the SmokeSax Sculpture Project (70 feet tall) is part of a greater plan which includes the appropriation of Fonde Park.
We sent a letter on March 30th, to both the head of the Orange Show Board of Directors and Mr. Kenneth Allen from the Parks Board. You can find the letter below.
Last November, the Orange Show put out a press release that was NOT sent to us. In the release, which was given to us recently by a concerned resident of our neighborhood, we read that the OS plans to appropriate Fonde Park to extend their campus including Fonde Park as part of the OS experience. The SmokeSax is the bookend of their proposed project.
We want to hear from YOU. Are you for the OS appropriation of Fonde Park?
Questions to the Orange Show
The Orange Show is currently raising more designated funds on its website for this sculpture and its press release clearly shows the SmokeSax by the Bayou. The City has repeatedly told us the project is not approved and permitted YET.
See the new SmokeSax/Kensington Plaza design and fundraising information here: https://www.orangeshow.org/smokesax
Some of the questions we want to be answered are:
How can an institution raise funds for a project that could possibly be denied by our residents? Will the city permit something the residents are against? Can the city allow a non-profit to take management and programming of a public park against the resident's wishes?
Our Civic Club worked hard on the letter below and we believe it reflects the concerns that exist for our neighborhood.
We anticipate traffic and parking on Carrolton to become serious issues affecting our neighborhood. Please go to our "Current Issues" page to learn more about the construction on Knoblock street.