Visitors arriving via Houston's notoriously congested freeways will have no reason to doubt residents' dedication to the city — it will be spelled right out for them in We Love Houston, courtesy of local sculptor and longtime resident David Adickes.
Though the 28-foot-tall sculpture is a recent addition to the Bayou City skyline, it's not altogether new. It stood outside of the artist's Target-adjacent SculpturWorx studio for more than two years awaiting construction completion along I-10 near Chester Street.
"I'm hoping this will become an iconic image of Houston."
That property, which Adickes owns, was initially slated for his concrete statues of The Beatles, but he thought those 36-foot-tall sculptures were "too large" for the spot.
"The most obvious comparison is the Hollywood sign," Adickes explained to CultureMap in Feb. 2011 of the lettered sign, also referencing Milton Glaser's iconic "I ♥ NY" symbol as inspiration. "I wanted 'we' instead of 'I' because it's a shared experience. We all love Houston, don't we?"
A formal dedication ceremony will be held on Friday, with Mayor Annise Parker and other dignitaries in attendance.
"It's just a big, festive sign," Adickes said. "I'm hoping this will become an iconic image of Houston."