See The Cistern in Color

Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) commissioned pioneering artist Carlos Cruz-Diez to create a site-specific work for the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city water reservoir that BBP restored, repurposed and revealed in 2016.

Color, movement and perception are the primary subjects in the work of famed Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923, Caracas). In the Cistern, the artist dematerializes the vast space, creating an immersive environment that questions our perception of time, perspective and volume. Spatial Chromointerference, a projection of continuously moving chromatic modules on the walls, columns and floating objects within the Cistern, invites visitors to become an essential component of the artwork.

  • Hours:
    • Wednesday through Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Tours every 30 minutes.
  • Cost:  $10 per person; $8 for Seniors (65+ with ID), Youth (9-17) and Students (18+ with ID). Children under the age of 9 not permitted. Admission is free on Thursdays but reservations required.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing.
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