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Tolerance

Artist

James Plensa

Spain 1955

Material

Stainless steel

Dimensions

Seven identical sculptures, each measures 10 feet

Date

2011

Location

Buffalo Bayou Park
3600 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77019

Created by internationally renowned Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, Tolerance comprises a grouping of seven sculptures sited in Buffalo Bayou Park at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard. The grouping was installed in 2011 to coincide with the construction of the Rosemont Bridge, which offers pedestrians and bicyclists a place to cross Buffalo Bayou safely. The seven human figures represent the seven continents. Each embodies the need for tolerance, openness, and understanding towards others’ cultures, social structures, values, and faiths, qualities essential among people existing in an interdependent world. The framework of each sculpture consists of alphabetic symbols from nine different languages around the world, reflecting Plensa’s belief that no matter the language we think in, our lives are similar. The seven sculptures rest on seven rough-cut granite pedestals, lit from within. Tolerance was a gift to the City of Houston through the efforts of Mica Mosbacher, with a commission by the Houston Arts Alliance and major funding through private donors, most notably Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of the Ismali Muslim Community.