"It has too many hints of negativity," said Councilman Jarvis Johnson. "It's like my grandmother saying 'I will not tolerate somebody yelling.' I don't want to just 'tolerate' any other culture, I want to embrace it, if you're really talking about unity."
After announcing the project in early December, Mayor Bill White received some feedback about the title, and asked the Houston Arts Alliance to contact its membership for more ideas. The organization is taking suggestions through Jan. 31.
Neither the city nor Houston Arts Alliance could say who will make the final decision on a name, although [philanthropist Mica] Mosbacher said she is still looking for donors, so someone who gives "a major gift" could have "final input" on the name.
[Artist and blogger Bill] Davenport predicted it would all be for naught in the end.
"Inevitably, public art projects get nicknames," he said. "They should just build it and wait to see what people nickname it. The people will win out."