Public art installation honoring late museum founder

WAKE by Mel Chin

WAKE by Mel Chin


VICTORIA, Texas – A public art installation is near completion in downtown Victoria.

WAKE, a public art installation by Mel Chin, was modeled on the structural ribs of a nineteenth-century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale, and also depicts the opera singer Jenny Lind, known as the first international superstar to tour America in the 1850s.

The sculpture continues to be constructed at a property at 407 North Liberty Street in downtown Victoria.

An opening reception with the artist starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Liberty Street location.

The artwork will remain on view daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the early fall months.

The art installation is installed as a tribute to Ann Harithas, the late founder of the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art. Harithas, who was also instrumental in the founding of the Houston Art Car Parade, died in December.