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Tagore Grove Monument

The Tagore Grove Monument, located at Ray Miller Park in Houston, was designed by Espinal Architects for the Tagore Society of Houston to memorialize the Nobel Prize winning poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore. The design is based on the ancient geometric form of the mandala. The structure is made predominantly of Corten weathering steel. The statue at the center of the structure was existing (first installed in 2013), removed, refurbished, and re-installed on a new granite-clad base. Tagore’s quotes are displayed on interior panels and on the four entry gate headers via laser-cut Corten letters with stainless steel backing. Information on Tagore’s biography is displayed on 3’-0”x4’-0” stainless steel panels on the exterior. The structure is 26’-0”x26’-0”x11’-0” with a 5’-0” wide sidewalk along the perimeter. Texas Sage Cimarron plants are located at the corners of exterior planters. The project was fabricated and installed by Aria Signs & Design. A traditional folk-art floor painting called an “alpana” was designed and painted by Houston artist Sneha Bhavsar.