Tolerance, a permanent public art exhibit located by the Rosemont Bridge over Buffalo Bayou here in Houston, TX.
The Artist is Jaume Plensa…The Catalan artist. He was born in Barcelona in 1955 and studied art there at the Llotja School and at the Escola Superior de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.
Some of Plensa’s other notable public art works include the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park; Body of Knowledge in Frankfurt and Gläserner Seele Mr. Net in Brandenburg, Germany; Breathing in London; L’Anima della Musica in Cremona, Italy; Dröm in Gothenburg, Sweden; El Alma Del Ebro in Zaragoza, Spain; Awilda in Salzburg, Austria; and his more recent Mirror on the campus of Rice University right here in Houston.
Tolerance was intended to reflect Houston’s unity and diversity. In his official statements on the work, Plensa wrote, “Despite all of the many differences that make us unique, such as religion or language, we are all trying to achieve similar things, such as love, health, prosperity, and the success of our children.”
The seven figures of Tolerance represent the Earth’s seven continents, illustrating the commonality of the human experience. In fact, the primary difference between each of the seven identical statues is the unique boulder that each one rests upon. Plensa personally selected all seven boulders in Spain and they were shipped to Houston for the permanent art installation.
The characters that make up the stainless steel mesh are Plensa’s signature alphanumeric pattern, containing letters, numbers and symbols from a number of languages including Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, English, Korean, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic. The artist stated that the arrangement of characters is random and that there are no words or written statements contained within the mesh designs.
With the downtown skyline as a backdrop, the sculptures encourage Buffalo Bayou joggers and commuters on Allen Parkway to give pause and consider the city’s dynamic diversity.
When life throws you an unexpected surprise…it just makes YOUR DAY!!!
We were in the car, taking a leisurely Sunday drive, when I looked off to the left and saw these magnificent Sculptures! I think I screamed…yes, you know I get a little excited. Smile.
I told Tarzan…turn around, turn around!! He says, “I can’t!” Sigh…
Finally, after making a 2 mile detour to get back to the park…I was breathless.
I had NO idea, this was here…
Oh, can I tell you how fun it it to explore a new city?
When we got out of the car…I just stood there, trying to take it all in.
I remember saying out loud…”This needs to be more than just a photograph!”
You become more of an artist yourself, when you give a photo an artistic quality to an image.
I am seeing it everywhere, photographers are becoming more interested in creating images that move beyond photography to become more like serious art!! A fine art print.
What are your thoughts on “Tolerance?” We always love to hear your comments…
I love the impromptu two-mile detour!
I need to go to Texas, that looks stunning and the message needs to be repeated daily….Thanks Laurie, great post 🙂
Lovely statues beautifully captured. If only the message was more widely heeded.
I agree Mary!
The sculptures are wonderful and I love that the letters and symbols are from so many different languages. What a great find … and so glad you were able to turn around and photograph it so we can all enjoy it.
incredible photos Laurie, and a very nice story:)
Laurie, these are amazing sculptures!! I love the idea of unity in diversity behind the artist’s works. Thank you for going back and taking these! Sharon x
Sharon, I am so glad you enjoyed them!
I had no idea it was there, either! I’ll be making another trip to Houston soon and want to stop and see it. Is there parking nearby? Where is it?
Bring walking shoes…parking far!
I’m crazy about these pieces and so glad you shared them. Your photos are always works of art, too.
Thank you LuLu!!!
What a beautiful image. Thank you to Tarzan for taking you back. Tolerance is an interesting title. I suppose tolerance is the bare minimum we need to allow us to get along together.
In Houston, you better have a lot of Tolerance…smile!
very eye catching!
Thank you Lisa.
Fascinating sculptures – excellent captured… 🙂
How beautiful and so happy that you went back! They are stunning!
Thanks for bringing these magnificent works of art to us!
Tiny, it is always a pleasure to have you here!
These are stunning! My son posted photos of them a few weeks ago. They make such a statement about diversity and unity even in Houston. I am so glad that you are still exploring and are excited about Houston. Yes, photographers like you can make a difference too!
What is your son’s website?
You captured the sculptures beautifully. They have a fay look about them.
I think they are beautiful and I love how you captured them! So glad you turned around and went back.
What a stunning! So glad you went back to check it out!
I have seen photos of these statues before, but your capture is far better than those! So beautiful, yet so powerful.
Thank you for the post, Laurie!
How fortunate for all of us that you saw this and went back to photograph it. It looks like a very beautiful work of art and most profound statement too.
You followed one of my rules of photography – if you drive past something that sparks your imagination, always go straight back.
Great pictures, beautiful art I had no idea that was even there. When we were downtown a week or two ago we were hunting for Cullen Sculpture Garden and we never did find it. It is suppose to be amazing as well.
I will have to put that on my list! Thank You…
If you find it let me know lol.
Well, the list is huge…it might be a while.
I know that is the way our list is too. We have been trying to do something fun every weekend.