After the success of Ai Weiwei's monumental Zodiac Heads this spring and the announcement of Konstantin Dimopoulos' forthcoming "blue trees" project, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and its Civic Art Team appear to be on yet another winning streak.
HAA has been making strong artistic statements across the city for years . . . Perhaps it's time for a greatest hits album, with liner notes written by the Civic Art Team itself.
Plensa’s Tolerance consists of seven stainless steel human figures about 10 feet high rendered in his signature stainless steel alphabet mesh. Each figure is formed specifically to rest atop a unique boulder hand-selected by the artist in his native Spain.
At night, the figures glow from within, creating a constellation of beacons. Plensa designed the installation to reflect Houston’s unity and its diversity. At a distance, the figures will appear alike because of their size, shape and kneeling positions.
Jaume Plensa, Tolerance, 2011, stainless steel and stone, Harmony Walk, located at Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard