Civic Art

Neuhaus Fountain (Three Coyotes)

Neuhaus Fountain (Three Coyotes)

  • Number: 0001
  • Artist: Murrill, Gwynn
  • Title: Neuhaus Fountain (Three Coyotes)
  • Date: 1992
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Foundry/Fabricator: Artist
  • Location/Environment: Sam Houston Park / Outdoors
  • Provenance: Donated to the City of Houston by the Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Jr.

Historical Background

On September 17, 1992, through a bequest of the late architect and philanthropist Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Jr., the City of Houston received a gift of a peaceful refuge that marks the juncture between the corporate downtown landscape and Houston's origins along Buffalo Bayou.

Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Jr. dedicated the Neuhaus Fountain to the memory of his parents, Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Sr. and Kate Rice Neuhaus because he felt that it reflected the Neuhaus lifelong commitment to the cultural life of the City.

John Cutler, of the SWA Group, was the landscape architect for the fountain and describes the scene as a loosened up version of the initial circular design, which was affected by both the final site and the sculpture selection. Three bronze coyotes created by California sculptor Gwynn Murrill.

Physical Description
Murrill is known for her animals (primarily canines and felines) and low reliefs .

The sculpture, Three Coyotes, consists of three different coyotes that are placed in the same general area of the fountain. Each animal is presumably part of a pack and is depicted in its own space and action (one is sniffing the ground, one is surveying the surroundings and one is pausing and turning, as if to beckon to the other coyotes that they must move one to better hunting grounds).

The artist rendered the forms of Three Coyotes as life size and the lines of the animals are streamlined, smooth and simple.

The animals are recognizable as coyotes, but have been abstracted to basic, idealized forms in action that characterize the coyotes in a style reminiscent of ancient Egyptian animal forms.

Restoration / Conservation
Neuhaus Fountain was restored in 1997 and is one of the sculptures maintained by the SOS! program.

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