"Countree Music" Installation George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport - South Concourse, Terminal A


Mr. Kevin Locke
Pennzoil Place
700 Milam St.
Houston, TX 77002


Terry Allen is a multi-disciplinary artist in the truest sense of the term. In addition to his work as a songwriter, composer, pianist, and lead vocalist (perfoming and recording with his own Panhandle Mystery Band from Lubbock, Texas) Terry is perhaps best known for his sculptural work. Nowhere are Terry's emphatically mixed-media talents better showcased than with his "Countree Music" Installation.

The "Countree Music" Installation is centered around a life-sized bronze tree sculpture which is mounted beneath a large circular atrium dome in the middle of the South Concourse of Terminal A, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The floor surrounding the tree is a massive terrazzo "orange-peel" map of the world which has been artistically altered to place Houston at its center. The electronic system associated with the installation includes dedicated audio and show control components that reproduce a computer-generated audio program featuring musical styles and instrumentations from different parts of the world. The hour-long musical program (composed by Terry along with fellow musicians Joe Ely and David Byrne) is a compilation of 15 different songs, each utilizing a unique set of musical instruments whose sounds emanate throughout the atrium. The entire program is repeated continuously during airport operating hours.

How It Works

Control System