On a mild February afternoon, moments before sunset, Houston’s civic and cultural leadership gathered at the bank of Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston to admire a spectacular installation. Seven 10-foot high stainless steel mesh human figures, each set atop specially selected boulders, were kneeling in a contemplative pose. With the downtown Houston skyline serving as a backdrop, the view was at once breathtaking and inspiring.
The vision — which was stopping traffic and turning heads — was the work of internationally renowned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa. Titled Tolerance, the installation was dedicated to the City of Houston in a ceremony presided over by Houston Mayor Annise Parker on 15 February 2011.