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Richards, Myra Reynolds 1882-1934  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Fountain: limestone
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Division 1426 West 29th Street Indianapolis Indiana 46208
Located Fountain Square Prospect & Shelby Streets Indianapolis Indiana
1924. Dedicated Nov. 9, 1924. Relocated 1954. Relocated May 25, 1969. 1980s. Rededicated June 28, 1980. Rededicated July 1989
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Indiana survey, 1992.
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985.
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 1976.
Image on file.
Indianapolis News, Nov. 10, 1924.
(On proper right of plinth:) Myra Reynolds Richards 1924 (On bronze plaque on edge of lowest basin:) To promote neighborhood fellowship and identity/the Merchants and Neighborhood Association/dedicated this fountain to the citizens/of Indianapolis commemorating one hundred years/of Fountain Square life and history/July 1989 signed
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.
A pioneer family stands atop a tiered fountain. The father rests a gun against his proper right shoulder and wears a coonskin cap. The mother stands in front of him, holding a Bible to her chest in her proper left hand and placing her proper right hand around her daughter's shoulders. The girl is about six years old and holds a distaff and flax in her hands. A boy of about 10 stands on his parents' proper left, holding an axe and wearing a coonskin cap. The sculpture is set on an octagonal pillar which rises from the three-tiered fountain. Each tier is a basin and the lowest is used as a planter. Concrete planters surround the fountain.
History--United States--Westward Expansion  Search this
Figure group--Family  Search this
Occupation--Other--Pioneer  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Bible  Search this
Object--Weapon--Gun  Search this
Object--Tool--Axe  Search this
Homage--Hill, Ralph  Search this
Occupation--Law--Lawyer  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75004717
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums