Houston, Texas: Big Bubble

An unlabeled red button is set into a pillar along a waterway named Buffalo Bayou. Press the button, and a big bubble erupts from under the water. It's art, created by Dean Ruck in 1998. It still works, and it helps aerate the bayou.
Address:
Preston St., Houston, TX
Directions:
Northwest edge of downtown. On the south side of Preston St., just east of where its bridge crosses Buffalo Bayou. You'll see tall, artsy metal pillars on the east end of the bridge that continue south along the water. The red button is set into the second pillar.
Admission:
Free
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Big Bubble

We visited in March of 2018 and although the button is there we didn't see a bubble when we pressed it.

[Mastiff70, 03/26/2018]

Big Bubble.

Big Bubble

Kids loved it! We walked from the train. Don't use the directions on Apple or Google maps, just walk through the parking lot of the permitting building, and use gps to go a few blocks over. Much quicker.

[Kristin, 11/15/2016]

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