The House (Heart) Sculpture by Jim Dine
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Tribute to Houston Philanthropist Maconda Brown O’Connor
This House (Heart) Sculpture is one of 3 bronze relief sculptures created by American pop artist Jim Dine in 1983 which is dedicated to the memory of well known Houston philanthropist Maconda Brown O’Connor.
She was the daughter of George R. Brown of Construction Company Brown & Root fame. Although her dad eventually earned a small fortune from his business efforts, the values she learned from her dad who did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth were long-lasting.
She learned about hard work and giving back to those less fortunate which became an integral part of the person she became. In later years Maconda Brown O’Connor acquired her doctorate in social work and dedicated her life to working and improving the lives of children including those who were in juvenile detention centers.
She left her imprint upon this city of Houston about her efforts to aid children in poor and less advantaged circumstances.
The sculpture seems most appropriate as it incorporates such work-a-day tools such as hammers, axes, and mallets. A wrench and other useful items are also incorporated into the design.
To see more of the type of art that Jim Dine creates, click on this video:
In the video below Jim Dine speaks and explains a bit about what inspires him as an artist.
If you listened to the last video, now you know why tools are important to the artist Jim Dine and why some of them are incorporated into the design of The House sculpture situated in Discovery Green Park.
Location of Discovery Green Park in Houston: 1500 McKinney St., Houston, Texas 77010.