METRO Bus Shelter, 2014


Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland design an Artistic Bus Shelter for Houston METRO.

Leadership Houston XXXII partnered with METRO to create four artistic bus stops with the theme “Houston, City of Opportunity”. Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland were chosen amongst over 100 entries to design a METRO bus shelter. Parente and Courtland’s collaborative “Flower of Life”  is a permanent bus shelter located at Stella Link Road @ Cheena Drive.  

According to Parente and Courtland “The flower of life, a sacred geometry symbol represents what Houston is all about. Opportunity and growth is all around us. Whether you’re native or a transplant, Houston welcomes all. This welcoming attitude is what makes Houston such a diverse city. The culture of Houston is ever-evolving which leads to opportunity, hence the flower of life.” Art Consultant Michele LaRocco (Your Art Girl) was instrumental in the art selection process. Other chosen artists include Syd Moen and Kelly Devine.


Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Time out of Line, 2011

Time out of Line

Lighting Design James Sale | Scenic Design Nicola Parente and Dominic Walsh | Video Design by Tim Thomson | World Premier 29 April 2011

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (DWDT) is a Houston-based contemporary ballet company that inspires and entertains audiences and artists with visually stunning performances. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater presents innovative, thought-provoking works by its founder and other leading U. S. and international choreographers.

“For Time out of Line, I have teamed up once again with a great collaborator, Nicola Parente. I had this idea of creating one work of art through another as one designs their journey, and Nicola has been the perfect partner for this endeavor. I would also like to thank Tim Thomson for contributing the wonderful video work for the piece.” — Dominic Walsh (Founder/Artistic Director, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater)

One of the highlights of this Third Course will be Walsh’s new, multi-disciplinary Time out of Linethat merges a technically charged, experimental movement vocabulary with visual art aspects, scenic design by Walsh and Nicola Parente, and video. “There is a growing global movement of mixed media in which I have a great interest, and I have always been fascinated with the power of collaboration,” says Walsh. Time out of Line is set to Arcangelo Corelli’s La Notte di Natale (Christmas Night) and features a key scene that incorporates painting on the floor. While executing Walsh’s choreography, the dancers will create a mix of color and pattern with their feet onto the covered floor. There will also be a video element demonstrating how we record time designed by Tim Thomson. With each performance of Time out of Line, a work of art is created on many different levels. Walsh will create and rehearse Time out of Line in Florida with the dancers of Sarasota Ballet working alongside the DWDT Company Members. Then Walsh and the cast will head back for the Texas premiere the following weekend (May 5-7, 2011, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall).

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Terminus, E_Merging II, 2008

Terminus, E_Merging II

Nicola Parente was selected as one of 2008’s visual artist for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Terminus, E_Merging II which premiered on April 10, 11 and 12, 2008, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall. Nicola Parente collaborated with choreographer Dominic Walsh and lighting designer Jeremy Choate in developing the visual aspects of the dance piece through the use of projection installation, original paintings and costume design.

Photos by Gabriella Nissen