Houston, Texas: Big Bubble (Closed)

An unlabeled red button is set into a pillar along Buffalo Bayou waterway. Press the button, and a big bubble erupted from under the water. It was art (it also helped aerate the bayou), created by Dean Ruck in 1998. Worked for years, now broken.
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.

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The Big Bubble has not worked in years.

[Chria Greene, 09/10/2020]

Big Bubble was damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. It worked sporadically for a while, but recent reports suggest that its bubble has burst for good.

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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