Up-cycling 10,000 Plastic Water Bottles into A Flower Garden Art Installation to Beautify Houston's First Ward Neighborhood

About the Project



Your contribution will support The First Ward is Blooming, a community wide, public art installation and neighborhood beautification project using up-cycled water bottles.  The project involves collecting and up-cycling 10,000+ plastic bottles by painting and cutting each bottle into flower shapes then installing the flower garden of art onto a 150 ft fence located in Houston's First Ward on Houston Avenue and Edwards Street.   Regular work sessions are scheduled for the community to paint and cut the bottles into flower shapes and to install the flowers onto a plastic mesh that is then attached to the 150 ft. chain-link fence.  Your contribution will specifically be used to help with the cost of supplies, storage, transportation, installation, rent, marketing, contribution plaque and artist fees for the installation as well as expenses for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Celebration scheduled for second quarter, 2018.

 The project is a collaboration by artist Carol Simon, The First Ward Civic Beautification Council and the public at large.  The idea of the project was created by Simon in late summer of 2016 after a trip to see the John Lennon Wall in Prague where she got her inspiration to do a community wide public art piece .  Collaboration with The First Ward Civic Council began shortly after that.  The installation is expected to be completed by early 2018.    Simon’s vision of the art installation was to involve the entire community in the making of the art installation, including toddlers to senior citizens.   To date the project  has received the help of over 1,000 individual and company volunteers who have collected bottles and given their time to support the project.  

The project has been featured on KTRK News and The Houston Chronicle.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Washington Avenue Arts District
Keep Houston Beautiful
The First Ward Civic Council
The Deal Company/The Silos
Houston Westside and Northside Lexus
Evelyn Park, Bellaire
The Jewish Community Center Houston
Bayou City Arts Festival
Jerrys Artarama


















Matching Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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$824.50 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 4 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    Donor to receive A Thank You Note.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    Donor to receive Thank you note and an Digital Picture of Fence
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Donor to receive Thank you note, Digital Picture of Fence, Acknowledgment at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Donor to receive Thank you note, Digital Picture of Fence, Acknowledgment of Donation at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and First Ward is Blooming T-shirt
    Amount over $15 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Donor to receive Thank you note, Digital Image of fence, Name recognition in program at ribbon cutting ceremony, FWB t-shirt and name on Permanent Plaque at site of Art Installation
    Amount over $50 is tax-deductible
$9,175.50 to go. Every dollar helps.
$824.50 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 4 days ago

Founding Sponsors


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  • $100
    Katherine Stewart
    about 2 months ago
  • $267.50
    Ken and Carol Simon
    about 2 months ago
  • $250
    Match from City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance
    about 2 months ago
  • $107
    in honor of Liuigi and Antonina Cashiola - First Ward Summer Street Residents
    about 2 months ago
  • $100
    Match from City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance
    about 2 months ago
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