Discovery Green Welcomes Hands of Heroes, their Newest Public Art Installation

Work by Houston artist, Anat Ronen is in Jack C. Alexander Plaza in Downtown Houston

Discovery Green, the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston, announced its newest public art installation, Hands of Heroes, a mural honoring essential workers.

Painted by Houston artist Anat Ronen, the mural can be found at the Jack C. Alexander Plaza, in front of The Grove restaurant.

Ronen began the mural days after 60,000 Houstonians gathered at Discovery Green and marched to City Hall to demand justice for George Floyd.

Her completed work represents the diversity of Houston and the many heroes in our community— those who are fighting for equality, working 12 hour shifts at the hospital or restocking grocery store shelves.

The artist also drew inspiration from The Synchronicity Wall, a Discovery Green public art installation by Margo Sawyer.

“We can’t say thank you enough to the essential workers who are putting their lives on the line every day,” said Barry Mandel, president and park director. “That includes the essential work being done to fight for equality. This mural beautifully encapsulates our city’s diversity and strength.”

Houstonians are invited to pose in front of the mural and post photos to social media using the hashtags #HoustonStrong, #DiscoveryGreen and #TheGrove.

The Grove, an urban dining concept from the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group located on the southern end of Discovery Green, is treating customers to a free appetizer with a purchase of equal or greater value when they show their post to restaurant staff.

For every 1,000 check-ins at the mural, The Grove will throw a complimentary happy hour for essential workers.

Logistics will be determined based on safety regulations in place at the time of the event.