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The Hermann Park Train, Our Number One Bucket List Item, Gets a Tunnel Makeover

Last August, we gave you our list of the 100 things to do in Houston before you kick it. Number one on our list was riding the iconic Hermann Park train. It is a joy for kids young and old. This March, it will get even more interesting. Hermann Park has commissioned artist Trenton Doyle Hancock to do a permanent installation on the walls of the train tunnel.

For most of its history, the train's rather short tunnel has been a bit of a disappointment. It was a tunnel, sure, but that was about it. I remember riding through it not long ago and thinking it looked more like a storage shed on the interior than a fun place for a locomotive. Hancock's installation promises to change that.

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In a press release, the folks at Hermann Park say Hancock's commission as "taking rail riders on a journey from "day" to "night" with his signature riotous imagery featuring shapes, characters, animals (real and imagined), and colorful landscapes."

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Numerous art installations are planned -- some have already been installed -- for 2014, the 100-year anniversary of the beautiful urban park.

Art in the Park is a year-long series highlighting Hermann Park's Centennial, bringing contemporary artists and art installations to the Park's 445 acres throughout 2014. The Park's more than six million annual visitors will have the opportunity to experience a diverse array of public art, taking them on a journey to engage and connect with the Park in new and exciting ways.

The installation for the tunnel is already underway and will be unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony next month.

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