Seeds of Sharpstown

Founded by sculptor Michael S. Prentice, Seeds of Sharpstown – now a program of Alta Arts – strives to do our part in the renaissance of Sharpstown by creating a better understanding throughout the city of the value of one of Houston’s historical hidden gems.

Our mission is to create a better understanding of one of Houston’s historical hidden gems through art projects and the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture.

To promote Sharpstown through arts and engagement, Prentice offered derelict houses scheduled for demolition to two Houston artists and commissioned them to use the properties as art installations that brought new media perspectives to Sharpstown.

Sharp

Havel Ruck Projects – 2016

Renowned internationally for their transformation of condemned properties prior to demolition, Havel Ruck Projects did not fail to deliver. The Houston Chronicle commented, “Their new monumental installation transforms a condemned Mid-Century Modern home in Sharpstown into a “sculptural void” lined with a reflective metal skin that captures sunlight and fills the interior with refracted light.” In addition, Sharp was one of five international finalists for the Architizer A+ Awards – the largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture and products.

Remnants/Visions

Alexander Squier – 2015

Aware of a popular trend in the country in which items from houses being torn down are turned in to pieces of art, Seeds of Sharptown’s founder Michael Prentice mused that it would be a game changer to use an entire property as an art installation. When a neglected house became available, Prentice jumped at the opportunity to create a cultural event that would catch the eye of the city’s civic, business, and education communities, and have them take notice of Sharpstown with a new viewpoint.

Prentice chose artist Alexander Squier to take the helm in designing something with a “wow” factor that would make people react in two ways – that they are seeing a unique work of art, and secondly, bringing a new level of awareness to Sharpstown. Given free reign, Squier turned the derelict property into an exceptional phenomenon. Everything found in the installation was constructed from items exclusively found in the house or on the property. Approaching it as an archaeological exploration, Squier’s inspiring work garnered attention from the media that went beyond the greater Houston area. Here’s a link to his website.