Saturday, April 23, 2011


HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 23, 2011) A mammoth Trojan Horse, weighing approximately 3,000 pounds, is in the final stages before its debut at the upcoming Houston International Festival (iFest). The horse, constructed from mostly recycled lumber from the City of Houston’s ReUse Warehouse, measures 16' long x 8 ' wide x 23 ' tall. The lumber was part of approximately 23 tons of lumber picked up from a city/county water project. Each project like this places 80-100 tons of reusable lumber in landfills.

Yolle Lemberger, exhibits designer for iFest, spent over two months designing and building the structure. The 2011 event spotlights The Silk Road: Journey Across Asia April 30-May 1 and May 7-8, 2011, with world musical performances, international arts and crafts markets, artisan demonstrations, interactive exhibits and plenty of food and fun for all ages.

The Trojan Horse, which will be located at the Chevron Silk Road Museum in Sam Houston Park, is a reproduction of the famous Trojan Horse from the ancient city of Troy, which was located in Turkey, an important stop along the Silk Road.

The 2011 Houston International Festival is open from 12 -10 p.m. Saturdays, 12 - 8 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are on sale at the festival website at and participating H-E-B Grocery locations. Prices are $12 in advance, $18 at the gate, with kids 12 and under admitted free on Sunday, May 8, courtesy of ConocoPhillips. On the other days, children’s tickets are $3.

All proceeds benefit the Festival arts and education programs. For more information, call 713-654-8808 or access the Festival’s official website at

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