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Art in Hermann Park

The City of Houston recognizes the importance of expanding the opportunities for its citizens to experience civic art through the creative expression of its visual artists in public places. There are over 30 examples of publicly-funded art in Hermann Park alone.
 
More information on the City's collection of public art, including all works in and around Hermann Park, may be found here.
 

Mecom Rockwell Colonnade

Mecom Rockwell Colonnade is constructed from the Doric columns salvaged from the original Miller Outdoor Theatre.  The columns were grouped around a circular pool to form the colonnade.
 
Between 1967 and 1969 a new Miller Outdoor Theater, designed by Eugene Werlin and Associates, was constructed on the site of the old Doric proscenium.
 
A high, bermed lawn provided amphitheater-type seating in front of the new stage and orchestra.


 

Portable Trojan Bear by Jim Love, 1974

 
Wolmanized pine and steel; 91"tall x 61" wide x 131.25" long

Commissioned by the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce for the City of Houston; Donated by Cameron Iron Works.

"Portable Trojan Bear" was the artist's first public commission. It was originally installed at the corner of Montrose and Bissonnet, now the present location of the MFAH's sculpture garden. It was installed at its current location in 1984 at Hermann Park, Golf Course Drive, 77030, between the Zoo and Miller Outdoor Theater.
 

 

Atropos Key by Hannah H. Stewart, 1972

Atropos Key is a polished, tooled-surface, cast-bronze sculpture mounted on a concrete trapezoidal base faced with black slate. The artist's name is placed on one of the vertical legs (H. STEWART) . The edition number and title appear on the horizontal edge of the self base (1/3 ATROPOS KEY).
 
Atropos Key refers to the Greek Goddess of Fate, Atropos, (the cutter of the thread of life). According to Greek mythology, Atropos, and her sisters Clotho (the spinner of the thread of destiny) and Lachesis (the measurer of the thread) were responsible for human destiny.
 
The bronze plaque located on the metal base plate of the sculpture reads as follows:

ATROPOS KEY/ SCULPTOR/ HANNAH STEWART/ DONOR/ PATRICIA S. WOODWARD/ GIVEN TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON/ AUGUST 24, 1972
 

 

Oliver Twist by Trace Guthrie, 1976

The endearing story of Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, is one that many are familiar with. Much like in the story of the poor orphan, the statue depicts the child asking for more porridge. The sculpture was donated to the City of Houston by the Theater Under the Stars and appropriately brings to life this literary character.

The statue is life size and portrays a young male with an outstretched bowl with a spoon in it. The sculpture is on a concrete base that measures approximately 10” x 2'8” x 2'8”. The statue is composed of cast bronze and measures 4'6” x 1'4” x 1'4”. There is a dark brown patination on the piece.