The Houston Arts Alliance had a tough time tolerating the intersection of Montrose and Allen Parkway, but at last they’ve gotten the job done. The organization’s commission more than 2 years ago for a pedestrian bridge across Buffalo Bayou connected to that corner, dubbed the Tolerance Bridge, was abandoned after a sea of complaints about both the name and design. The new bridge that opens today at that same spot is much simpler than the earlier proposal — and it’s simply called the Rosemont Bridge. But standing — or really, kneeling — guard by the bridge’s southern entrance today are 7 new sculptures by Barcelona artist Jaume Plensa that were given to the city by a small group of donors who aren’t going out of their way to advertise their identity. The name for the artwork: Tolerance.
The see-through figures face mostly toward the south, away from the bridge and across Allen Parkway, to a vacant site where the oft-flooded Robinson Warehouse once stood. Five years ago, the Aga Khan Foundation bought the land there and announced plans to build a new Ismaili Center on it, including lecture, conference, and recital facilities, a prayer hall and a social hall, offices, and gardens:
Plensa’s see-through sculptures are built out of a mesh of letters in several different languages.
As Swamplot photographer Candace Garcia discovered, Montrose’s newest residents have already made a few friends:
The sculptures and the Rosemont Bridge will have their dedication ceremony this afternoon:
- Art beacons in the night [Houston Arts Alliance]
- Beautifying Buffalo Bayou [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Zero Tolerance for the New Buffalo Bayou Bridge, What They Were Hanging Over Memorial Dr. Last Weekend, New Buffalo Bayou Bridge Will Encourage Tolerance of Houston
Photos: Candace Garcia