Friday, October 29, 2010

See the Astroworld model that started it all

While we don't have Houston's Six Flags Astroworld around anymore, there are still signs of its existence popping up.  Now a new exhibit is showing off the original model that started it all:

Exactly five years ago, On October 30, 2005, Astroworld closed its gates for the last time, yet the Alpine Sleigh Ride, Le Taxi, Spinout, the Astrowheel, Astroneedle and the Lost World Adventure live on for the 50,000 Houstonians who visited the park on its opening weekend and the millions who followed them.

Optical Project is commemorating this Houston landmark by presenting the park's original model, built in 1967 by Ed Henderson Productions. The model represents "The Wonderful World of Fun" as originally planned, with the attractions and rides in place for the grand opening of the park in June 1968. The model is based on the park layout designed by seminal theme park architect Randall Duell for Judge Roy Hofheinz, flamboyant developer of the Astrodomain. READ THE REST
Opening reception with Mr. Henderson, Saturday, October 30, 5-7 p.m.

1125 E 11th St.,
Houston, TX
gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 or by appointment, 713 863-7112

Optical Project is an artist-run gallery by Houston artist and writer Bill Davenport.

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