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    Tara Conley's on-site tour and discussion of her work saluting Houston police

    9:45 amSouth Gessner Police Station - 8605 Westplace, 77071 (Map)
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    Tara Conley highlights VAA November program with on-site tour and discussion of her work saluting Houston police

    On Saturday, November 7 at 9:45 a.m., Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents an in-depth look at Houston artist Tara Conley’s 35-piece permanent collection of sculptures that are installed at the South Gessner Police Station, in District 17 at 8605 Westplace, 77071. Located on the interior and exterior of the station, the work ranges from a monumental outdoor stainless steel sculpture, a welcoming stained glass sculpture in the lobby, to 33 cast bronze sayings woven throughout the building. Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) in partnership with the City of Houston, the permanent installation is the newest addition to the municipal art collection.

    During the program, Ms. Conley will lead guests on a tour of the installation, with discussions about the meanings and inspirations for each. She was inspired by officers and citizens working together with patience, tolerance and vigilance to establish a safe and prosperous community. The sculptures transform, encourage and connect those to whom they tribute and will endure in their honor. Highlights of the installation include:

    • Towering 18-foot stainless steel outdoor sculpture at the front entrance of the station.We Are in the Business of Changing the World, SS is an abstract, honeycomb design that illustrates the relationship between police officers and the Houston community.
    • Second major work in the public lobby. We Are in the Business of Changing the World, SGis also a honeycomb design, composed of steel and colored glass which reference the diverse communities within District 17.
    • 33 sculptural, hand-written phrases case in bronze that are located throughout the station.You Have the Right to Remain Silent presents 33 cast bronze phrases that Ms. Conley has collected for 15 years. The wise, witty, introspective and challenging phrases are found in public and private areas at the South Gessner Police Station.


    As part of its educational outreach, VAA presents monthly programs that are open to the public. There is no charge to attend and registration is not necessary.