The Mustangs of Las Colinas, Irving
This striking sculpture known as The Mustangs was placed on Williams Square in 1984. The horses gallop across the plaza on a granite stream, manes streaming behind them, wild and free!
We've taken all of our out of state visitors to see this immense masterpiece! The beauty and strength of these animals is captured so realistically!
The nine Mustangs of Las Colinas comprise the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. African wildlife artist, Robert Glen created them from bronze in recognition of the free spirit exemplified in the heritage of Texas.
I saw these sculptures on my city tour of Dallas, and thought they were marvelous. So much so that I've been trying to get back to show them to my daughter ever since. We couldn't get back when we visited in 2004, but we made it this time. Unfortunately it was just my husband and me, and he wasn't too enthusiastic. But I did take some more pictures to go with the one film picture from 1997. The web address has other people' s pictures of the sculpture which are for sale. I think some of mine in the travelogues are just as good if not better.
In this fountain, the sculpture group, not the water, is the focus. The eight 1.5 scale horses, cast in bronze have water activated around the horses' hooves to imply splashing. The horses appear to be running through a river. It is the largest horse sculpture in the world. They keep calling it an equestrian statue, but equestrians are the RIDERS and these horses are riderless.
The buildings around the square rise to 358 feet (26 floors) on the north and to 217 feet (14 floors) on the east and west sides, the south side being open to O'Connor Boulevard. The sculpture is substantial, but the scale of the surrounding structures means it does not over-dominate the space.
Inside one of the office buildings is a free Museum about the exhibit (mostly about Robert Glen the sculptor). The Mustangs were commissioned in 1976 and installed in 1984. The museum has a short film narrated by Lee Ann Rimes about the process of making the sculptures and the 20 year anniversary.
Apparently, there are no more pure mustangs in America - these horses are modeled after those that a group of monks that has kept as a pure mustang bloodline near the town where Columbus set sail. Most likely they are of the same stock that seeded the mustangs in the Americas. The whole project took about 7 years with the sculpting itself taking 3 years.
The Mustangs are bronze sculptures which appear to galloping across a granite stream. They make up the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. There are nine of them in all and are amazingly realistic.
Robert Glen is the sculpture and is an internationally-acclaimed wildlife artist of Scotch ancestry who was born in Kenya, East Africa. He maintains a studio adjoining his home on the outskirts of Nairobi. He was given the assignment to create the mustang sculpture in 1976 he then spent a year researching the background and lifestyle of the Mustangs, their cross breeding with the wild horses of Texas and the original mustangs in Spain. It then took 8 years for the sculpture to be completed and erected in the Plaza.
Bronze statues of nine Mustangs running through a river. This is advertised as the largest equestrian sculptures in the world.
The sculpture was created to memorialise the heritage of Texas and the unique spirit and lifestyle of its people. The Mustangs were first brought to America by the first Spanish settlers.