Civic Art

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

  • Location: Along the north end of Miller Outdoor Theatre
  • Number: 0023
  • Artist: Guthrie, Trace
  • Title: Oliver Twist
  • Date: 1976
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 4'6” x 1'4” x 1'4” Pedestal and Base: 10” x 2'8” x 2'8”
  • Foundry/Fabricator: Al Shakis Foundry
  • Location/Environment: Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre
  • Provenance: Given to the City of Houston by Theater Under the Stars

Historical Background


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. With a disheveled air about him, he holds his bowl and spoon outstretched earnestly to the viewer. The sculpture was donated to the City of Houston by the Theater Under the Stars and appropriately brings to life this literary character.

Physical Description
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.

Restoration / Conservation
Oliver was restored in May 1998.