Travel theme: Silver


– Corpus Christi, Texas


– Cloud Gate (The Bean), Chicago


– Tolerance Sculptures, Houston, Texas

These seven sculptures of kneeling men named Tolerance were designed by Jaume Plensa, an internationally renowned contemporary Spanish artist and sculptor. Each is ten ten-foot tall. Photo credit to the Smithsonian Magazine


Mosbacher, widow of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher, detailed her involvement with the project: the idea was initiated by a vicious 2006 hate crime attack against then 16-year-old Latino student, David Ritcheson, who later committed suicide. Mosbacher quoted the United Nations definition of tolerance and how it relates to the city:

“Tolerance is harmony in our differences. Tolerance is not a concession, it’s not a condensation, or indulgence.”

See the cool silver images of Ailsa Where Is My Backpack and many other beautiful entries

Happy weekend :)

55 responses

  1. Very appropriate and impressive pictures, Amy!

    January 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Neihtn :)

      January 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  2. Since I’m in Rockport Texas right now, I’ll need to go to Corpus Christi next week and check out where your top photo was taken. I always enjoy seeing photos of ‘the bean’. I grew up in the Chicago burbs and go back each summer to visit my dad. Nice collection depicting the Foto Challenge :-)

    January 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    • Amy

      It looks like the weather is going to be warm in Corpus Christi next week. So glad to know you grew up in the Chicago burbs. I visited there in June last year, always love the city, so much to see, the Art Institute, Grand park, the Lake…

      January 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  3. The sculptures are magnificent, as well as what they stand for.

    January 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    • Amy

      I didn’t get a good photo of the sculptures and was glad to find this beautiful night image posted by the Smithsonian Magazine. Thank you for stopping by, Angeline!

      January 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  4. The silver sculptures you have shown woud certainly be worth a visit.

    January 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    • Amy

      It makes one feel humbled standing in front of these 7 giant sculptures. it’s sobbing to think of the background info…

      January 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  5. The Tolerance sculptures are so beautiful…

    January 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Lisa! These sculptures were making a statement silently…

      January 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  6. The tolerance sculpture is so cool!

    January 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    • Amy

      They are… Thanks for stopping by!

      January 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      • :)

        January 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

  7. Great pics for the challenge, Amy. They’re all amazing, but I love the first one the most. :)

    January 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    • Amy

      The tranquility was there… Thank you, Sylvia :)

      January 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  8. The sculptures are really worth seeing.

    January 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    • Amy

      I agree… Thank you for reading it, IT!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  9. kz

    silver skies. and what a cool sculpture :)

    January 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you! Happy to see you, kz!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  10. Are the kneeling figures internally illuminated or is it the mirror shards that reflect light. Great post, thanks

    January 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

    • Amy

      Appreciate your encouraging comment!. Thank you for stopping by!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  11. Amy, when you look at the places you’ve been, and the things that you’ve seen, you must sometimes be amazed! The Tolerance Sculptures are absolutely beautiful :)

    January 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

    • Amy

      I truly agree, Jo. Well said. Never stop amazing the creativity of people and beauty of nature.

      January 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  12. Stunning shots and a great quote about tolerance. Brilliant post.

    January 19, 2014 at 4:37 am

    • Amy

      Thank you! Both sculptures and quote are powerful…

      January 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

  13. The Tolerance Sculptures by Jaume Plensa are fantastic!

    January 19, 2014 at 4:41 am

    • Amy

      Glad you like it, Gayle! Happy Sunday :)

      January 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

  14. Wonderful collections, Amy!!!

    January 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

  15. wew, pretty cool hahaha

    January 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

  16. I really like your bean photo!

    January 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    • Amy

      The bean is absolutely an amazing creation :) Thank you for liking the photo!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      • It is, I have seen it in person. I like your photo better than an of mine though :)

        January 21, 2014 at 6:34 am

  17. Love those Tolerance Sculptures Amy! :)

    January 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    • Amy

      The Sculptures are brilliant creation, reminding people so much about tolerance in a humble way.

      January 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  18. Nice shots, Amy. I like the sculptures composition very much.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for stopping by, Stefano!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  19. These are all so wonderful I really can’t pick a favorite!

    January 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    • Amy

      Happy to see you, TRS!!

      January 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  20. Start praising the fantastic silver cloudscape,the Bean and the destorted reflections on it or the Tolerance sculptures ? Splendid choices to approach the Silver theme,dear Amy !!!
    Have a creative week agead,my dear friend :) !!!

    January 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you very much for letting me share these photos with you, Doda, Dear friend! So wonderful we can communicate via my humble photos.

      January 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      • Your posts and photos are most remarkable and informative,my dear friend Amy :) !!! It gives me great pleasure to travel the world with you !!!

        January 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        • Amy

          I’m so thrill to read your comment, Dear Doda! So glad we can sharing… :)

          January 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  21. What beautiful choices, Amy. They are all just lovely. The sky is a gorgeous shade of silver! And I’ve always wanted to see The Bean. The Tolerance Sculptures are new to me, but they make a fabulous statement! Really nice!

    January 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    • Amy

      I’m so glad to know that you like all three :) Thank you for letting me share them with you!

      January 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  22. Beautiful pictures Amy….I find really impressive the sculptures…

    January 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, ilargia :) The sculptures speak to us…

      January 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  23. That’s really cool! :-)

    January 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for liking the post, Phil :)

      January 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  24. While the landscape shot is beautiful, the statues are stunning. This being a travel theme it is interesting to me that it was from travel that I gained tolerance – it was the single most important thing I brought back with me from my first major trip many decades ago. Good post Amy.

    January 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    • Amy

      Well said, Lynne! Travel is more than seeing scenery and/or monument… Thank you so much for sharing your insights and thoughts

      January 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  25. Fantastic photos and some powerful stories behind them too!

    January 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    • Amy

      The a line of these sculptures say such much about tolerance…
      Thank you for letting me share it with you, Meg.

      January 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  26. Silver is such a great colour Amy and here you’ve captured it all so well. Great shots hon! *hugs*

    January 21, 2014 at 2:24 am

  27. really awesome… :) @”Tolerance Sculptures, Houston, Texas” – I did see them, as I lived in Houston, TX(NASA area) for 5 years… small world! :)

    January 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

  28. The Sculptures from Texas are magical! Are they spot lighted or lit from within? WOW!

    January 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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