TEX HEX BARGE
The Tex Hex was built in Houston in association with Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) as part of their Inland Waterways Initiative.
The vessel is outfitted with live/work accommodations designed to support the production and presentation of creative interpretive projects on the nations inland waterways. Researchers also use the platform to produce and display audio/visual programs related to their research and environment, which has includes bayous, lakes, and the intercoastal channel. An integrated folding screen and projection system enables recorded and live video content to be viewed while the boat is stationary, or in motion.
Constructed on an aluminum pontoon base, the boat is named Tex Hex due to its Texas origins, and the hexagonal shape that recurs in its form and concept, referencing such things as Fullerian polygons, coastal fortifications, and petrochemical molecules. The boat connects to a modular hexagonal floating raft structure that can be moved and reconfigured like a small floating island or used as a transition between ship and shore.
CLUI and Simparch started on the design of the boat in 2009, while the CLUI was in residence with the Mitchell Center for the Arts, at the University of Houston. As with Simparch’s Clean Livin’ project The Tex Hex project brings notions of sustainable living capabilities and the field support facility to an industrial aquatic environment.
As of 2013 the Tex Hex is powered exclusively by a 1500 watt solar system and uses an electric outboard motor for propulsion. It is now based near Morgan City, LA.