Black Friday's Free Art Events: Field of Light, Hidden Treasures and More

It took 42 people working in rotation over five days to place the 4,500 radiant glass spheres that make up Bruce Munro's Field of Light installation at Discovery Green. Each sphere is set atop a thin, clear stem. Installed in the ground on either side of the Brown Promenade, under the park's alley of oak trees, the site-specific display is dazzling. The spheres wave back and forth in the wind; each is illuminated by a web of fiber optics. The wide variety of vivid colors alternate randomly, with each sphere being illuminated individually.

"Color is integral to the Field of Light, allowing it to come to life," Munro tells us. "The colors...change in a gentle and rhythmic fashion. [This] creates an illusion of movement within the Field of Light when viewed as a whole. As you walk through the promenade, the Field of Light is on either side. So you will be able to experience the Field of Light around you, but you won't be able to walk through the landscape itself."

See the Field of Light from dusk to 11 p.m. Daily. Through February 8, 2015. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713‑400‑7336 or visit discoverygreen.com. Free.

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Want your art a little more classical? We suggest the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The garden, a work of art itself, contains several sculptures including three by Auguste Rodin.

One of two bronze male nudes in the garden is Walking Man by Auguste Rodin. Seen above, the Rodin work shows a headless man with a powerful physique, capturing the energy of movement. There are two other bronze sculptures by Rodin: Cybele, a seated woman, and Spirit of Eternal Repose, a sprite. The latter is curious, since the ankles are crossed as they might be when a person is relaxing, but the tilted angle of the torso is precarious and the muscular arms are very active indeed. It is enigmatic and wonderful.

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Three Rodins. When alive, Rodin was the world's most famous artist -- along with a roster of famed international artists that would stagger an emperor. The cluster of such remarkable talent in a walled-in arena open to the skies is breathtaking in its audacity triumph.

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. Hours vary. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free.

Screening on Friday night as part of the Bank of America Friday Night Flicks at the ICE at Discovery Green is Maleficent. Angelina Jolie stars in the Disney good vs. evil film, (she used to be good, but circumstances turned her bad). You can watch for the film for free from the sidelines or rent some skates and watch it from the ice. Either way, it's sure to be fun.

Catch the Bank of America Friday Night Flicks at the ICE at Discovery Green: Maleficent at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Discovery, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713-400-7336 or visit discovergreen.com/ice.

Jim J. Tommaney contributed to this post.

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