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Tim Bailey Sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park Houston

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 11:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Tim Bailey Sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park was dedicated to the City of Houston by this generous sculptor in the year 2002.

Marker to Shady Grove sculpture by Tim Bailey in Eleanor Tinsley Park

The marker pictured above gives the dimensions of this sculpture created in 1987 as being 10 by 20 by 20 feet.

This Cor-Ten steel sculpture is titled “Shady Grove” and it is situated in a grove of surrounding trees including Southern Magnolia Trees among other types.  Iris were about to bloom the year I took these photos.

Interestingly Tim Bailey is not only an artist but also a blacksmith.  He gets to combine business with pleasure that way.  I use the word “pleasure” because it is always gratifying when art is created to the satisfaction of the artist.

In reading his bio he is also a certified welding inspector.   In the past he taught sculpture classes at North Harris County Community College.

Shady Grove sculpture by Tim Bailey in Eleanor Tinsley Park

This weathered steel sculpture can be seen by drivers on Allen Parkway as well as people hiking or biking in this delightful park in view of downtown Houston.

I did not realize until recently that this sculpture was dedicated to honoring victims of crime.  Pavers in the ground depict service organizations committed to helping those local crime victims.  Steel as a medium symbolically suggests a toughness and resistance to whatever may occur in life.

The Tolerance Sculptures in Eleanor Tinsley Park take on additional significance knowing now the interpretation of the Tim Bailey sculpture.  The other significant piece of sculptural art in Eleanor Tinsley Park is the voluptuous bronze one by Henry Moore.

The photo below shows the parking lot we used when visiting the sculptures in Eleanor Tinsley Park.  Now it is no longer accessible but the good news is that many more metered parking spaces have been created all along this park so it is much easier to access this recreational area near downtown Houston.

Former Parking Lot in Eleanor Tinsley Park

I found a video showing just how close to downtown Houston this park really is.  It does not show all the interesting features of the park but it does highlight our beautiful downtown skyline.

Location of Eleanor Tinsley Park: 18-3600 blocks along Allen Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77019.