This weekend I visited the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. It’s basically an underground cavern completely surrounded by cement. Staggered columns support the roof and provide a really interesting pattern of light and dark for taking photographs.
In an effort to keep the cistern from deteriorating they left 6 inches of water in the bottom. Turning the floor into a huge mirrored surface. Discreet yellow track lighting gave the space an eerie feel like you were walking around in a cave lit by torches.
I was surprised how cool it was down there. After standing under the scorching Texas sun waiting for the tour to begin, it was like walking into a refrigerator.
According to an article I read, they are working to convert the cistern into a space for art exhibits. I can imagine some really amazing effects with light and sound in this space.
At the end of the tour, everyone stands in one corner and yells. The echo lasts an incredible 17 seconds. The tour guide mentioned a video somewhere of a visitor singing Ave Maria. If anyone finds it please share!