For those of us who have tossed coins into a fountain only to be disappointed when nothing happens,Wishing Well for Houston,
an installation at the Art League Houston, now guarantees that those pennies and nickels will help make
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s life better. Artists Heath Hayner, Aram Nagle and Brian Piana met in a Collaboration in the Arts class at the University of Houston, where they came up with the idea for the installation, a modified map of Houston meant to show income disparities. Columns rise from the map to varying heights according to the per-capita income of each area, and each column emits a chime the louder the chime, the needier the neighborhood. The chimes come on when visitors toss coins into the map; the loose change will ultimately be donated to a community development group. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through February 26. 1953 Montrose. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit www.artleaguehouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 26, 2010