Best Big Idea (2001)

Spirit of Houston

New York has the Statue of Liberty; Paris has the Eiffel Tower; St. Louis has the arch; even Huntsville has big old Sam Houston. And what does Houston have? Well, if architect Doug Michels, industrial designer Peter Bollinger and sculptor Cybele Rowe have their way, this car city will have a giant hood ornament. The 555-foot Spirit of Houston is imagined as the world's tallest woman, her hands raised to the heavens, her dress and hair trailing behind her in the wind. In fact, in artist's renderings, the dress is blown so tight as to reveal this Amazon woman's curvalicious bod. What will she be made of? Chrome, of course.

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