Getting to Know DIXIE FRIEND GAY

Dixie Friend Gay discusses public art and her latest installation of three giant mosaic birds titled "Books of a Feather" at the Alice M. Young Neighborhood Library in Houston, Texas.

Dixie Friend Gay has become somewhat of a rock star in the field of mosaic public art. Her lush paintings that draw inspiration from the wild southern native landscape have led her to create large mosaic murals and sculptures for the public realm all over the U.S. This video documents her most recent installation Books of a Feather, which consists of three 15-foot tall mosaic birds in front of the Alice M. Young Library in Houston.

The podcast is an extended version of our interview, where the artist talks about how to balance being a mother and an artist, advice on how to get involved in public art, and how her first public intervention was taking political action against a series of gates separating affluent and minority neighborhoods in Houston.

By Ariane Roesch