On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Houston-based artist John Ross Palmer visited the city of Nice, France to present an original piece of art, “Square Head”, to city leaders as a gesture of goodwill and friendship between the two cities. Palmer’s trip was organized by the Houston-Nice Sister City Committee’s President, Ms. Ghislane Thomsen and Vice President, Ms. Lina Corinth, who connected Mr. Palmer with Deputy Mayor of Nice Gerard Badoux, delegate for Museums, Modern and Contemporary Art. Mr. Palmer presented the art in a private reception area of Nice City Hall, which houses a collection of famous contemporary French art. Deputy Mayor Baudoux thanked Palmer for his beautiful gift and spoke of his high anticipation of Mayor Parker’s visit to Nice in February of 2015. Mr. Palmer welcomed Deputy Mayor Badoux to visit Houston should he have the chance in the future.
“Square Head” is Palmer’s humble interpretation of the famous French sculpture, work of art and Nice landmark created by Sacha Sosno. Deputy Mayor Badoux assured Mr. Palmer that after a stay in Mayor Estrosi’s office “Square Head” would proceed to permanent museum collection in Nice.
Mr. Palmer was in Nice, France for 5 days to complete his Nice 2014 art series. Nice 2014 is inspired by a wild and courageous road trip that the artist took from Paris, France to Florence, Italy beginning on May 27th and finishing on June 8th. Mr. Palmer’s international journey is underwritten and sponsored by an elite group of Houston art patrons known as the First Class Club.
Mr. Palmer says, “I love my hometown of Houston and it was a tremendous honor to give a piece of art to our Sister City of Nice, France. They were so kind and welcoming to me! I will do everything in my power to foster the relationship between Houston and my newly-beloved home-away-from-home, Nice.”
Passport Houston thanks Mr. Ryan Lindsay and Ms. Lina Corinth for their contributions to this article.