Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Phillips, Connie  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo 3411 Sherman Boulevard Fort Wayne Indiana 46808
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Indiana survey, 1993.
Image on file.
(On a plaque attached to the rim of fountain pool:) FOUNTAIN AND ART SCULPTURES/DONATED BY/VIRGINIA YERGENS (On another plaque attached to the rim of pool:) WHERE ARE THE KOALA AND THE PLATYPUS?/At this time, you won't see these two/well-known Australian animals on exhibit./KOALAS eat nothing but the tender leaves of a few kinds of/eucalyptus trees. Since these trees can't grow in cold weather/we can't keep koalas here permanently./The Australian government doesn't allow exportation of/PLATYPUS to any other countries. You'll have to travel to/Australia to see these unusual mammals./Bronze sculptures by Connie Phillips unsigned
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
In the center of a circular fountain pool, a bronze sculpture of a koala clinging to a branch with its cub on its back is mounted atop a tall circular base. Nearby, a bronze sculpture of a platypus is mounted atop a short circular base just above the surface of fountain pool. The pool also contains four low fountain jets and four planters mounted on circular bases of varying heights.
Animal--Platypus  Search this
Animal--Koala  Search this
Control number:
IAS IN000845
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums