Hon. Acoustical Engineer
- Mar 16, 2002
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I got the new phone and decided to take it for a spin for some night photography nearby at the Town Square.
Nice pics, Quad. A British telephone box and what looks like a British pub. Some connection with the UK?
And, I'm intrigued with the name Sugar Land, how did it get that name?
Sugar Land is the largest city in Fort Bend County, Texas, United States, located in the southwestern part of the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. Located about 19 miles (31 km) southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land is a populous suburban municipality centered around the junction of Texas State Highway 6 and U.S. Route 59.
Beginning in the 19th century, the present-day Sugar Land area was home to a large sugar plantation situated in the fertile floodplain of the Brazos River. Following the consolidation of local plantations into Imperial Sugar Company in 1908, Sugar Land grew steadily as a company town and incorporated as a city in 1959. Since then, Sugar Land has grown rapidly alongside other edge cities around Houston, with large-scale development of master-planned communities contributing to population swells since the 1980s.
Sugar Land is one of the most affluent and fastest-growing cities in Texas. Its population increased more than 158% between 1990 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2007, Sugar Land also saw a 46% increase in jobs. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 78,817. Following the annexation of the Greatwood and New Territory communities in December 2017, the city's population was estimated at 118,488 as of 2019.
Sugar Land is home to the headquarters of Imperial Sugar; the company's main sugar refinery and distribution center were once located in the city. The Imperial Sugar crown logo is featured in the city seal and logo.
Super pics @Quadophile your phone seems to have handled the night lighting very well.
I too, was intrigued by the British phone kiosk. lol These things seem to turn-up in the most unexpected places.
Is the young guy with the guitar sitting next to a gas fire-pit? What a cheerful idea!
Luverly pictures Quad. How did you manage to clear all the people out of the way whilest you took the pictures ?
Because of the Thanksgiving being celebrated, most peeps were at home with family having their Thanksgiving meal. I deliberately decided to go out at that hour so that I could avoid as many peeps as possible. I am avoiding crowds these days as you never know.
That was neat planning. I thought maybe there had been a zombie outbreak. Or possibly folk were at home mourning Trump's dethronment. Or covid had swept through the community. Never thought about thanksgiving
Wow! The pix are great @Quadophile and the subject matter is spectacular!
I have to admit to being fooled for a few moments by those sculptures, the "people" are so lifelike. Are they bronze, do you know? They are awfully good.
Thank you for sharing, it's good to see some Christmas/Holiday colour and cheer.
Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land recently (2016) installed two sculptures in Sugar Land Town Square’s public plaza – part of a 10-piece collection donated by a Sugar Land resident to the City through the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation. Other statues are located at Sugar Land Memorial Park, Oyster Creek Park and Fire Station 4 in First Colony. A future installation is planned for Highlands Park.
The first bronze sculpture depicts a guitar player sitting on the ledge of a fountain facing City Walk. The second represents two girls taking a “selfie” near a bench with City Hall in the background. Both show activities common in the plaza.
The inclusion of sculpture in the Town Square plaza aligns with the continued vision of the City and the Legacy Foundation’s commitment to establish cultural arts amenities that “provide and/or support activities and facilities that enrich the artistic, cultural, educational, and historical character of Sugar Land.”
The City is currently developing a Public Art Plan that reflects the public’s strong desire for art that beautifies the city, has a place-making quality and supports places where people gather such as Sugar Land Town Square.
Thank you for providing the additional info regarding the sculptures @Quadophile.
While poking around the internet to see some of the other artworks mentioned, I was genuinely surprised to see that the "Selfie" statue had cause a bit of disagreement. I accept that we cannot all like the same things, of course, but that particular piece is so lifelike - and fun! - that it's hard to imagine it causing offense to anyone.
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