"The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™" Bronze Sculpture by Edd Hayes fine bronze sculptor

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State Capitol,
Austin, Texas...........

Texas sculptor, Edd Hayes has recieved the honor of being named by The Texas Legislature as The Official Texas State Sculptor. The honor was bestowed, based on the scope of the artist's total work along with attention to his portrayal of the history and rich heritage of Texas. Other factors include the artists' involvement with community , civic and charitable organizations. Hayes is best known for his monumental sculpture such as "Wild and Free" at the Houston Astrodome and "The Champ" in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado.

"The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™" Bronze Sculpture by Edd Hayes

"The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™"
Carruth Plaza

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has a home for its collection of Western art bronzes thanks to a grant from The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Carruth Plaza has transformed a prime corner of Reliant Park into a Western art sculpture garden — a sanctuary of bronze sculptures, "Texas heritage" style landscaping and a flowing stream. The tranquil setting offers Show visitors a place to gather and relax away from the hustle and bustle of other activities.

Named after Allen H. "Buddy" Carruth, who served as president of both The Wortham Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and as chairman of the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the plaza is located between Reliant Astrodome and Reliant Stadium, directly across from Reliant Center. The Plaza is a tribute to the renowned Houston philanthropist who dedicated many hours to serving the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the people of Harris County.

The Carruth Plaza is home to a unique collection of large-scale bronzes representing the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Texas' Western heritage. Eight pieces, many by Houston artists, are included in the Plaza:

Cookie - Summoning weary cowboys to the chuckwagon, "Cookie" stands ready to ring the dinner bell with hand to mouth to call the cowboys in. Created by Eric Kaposta, the bronze was unveiled in 1997.

Dreams and Memories - The Show impacts people of all ages, as depicted in "Dreams and Memories" by Jim Reno. A Texas Sesquicentennial gift dedicated in 1986, this work represents the Show's past and future through a youngster with a calf peering up at a cattleman on horseback.

H. Stuart Lang Jr. - Created by Cowboy Artist Hall of Fame member and Show Lifetime Director Mark Storm in 1993, the bronze, "H. Stuart Lang Jr.," commemorates Lang's legacy with a rendition of the Astrodome, Astrohall and Astroarena at the foot of the statue. Lang served as the Show's president from 1963 to 1966 and was instrumental in the Show's move to the complex.

Team Ropers - The bond between a boy and his dog is portrayed in "Team Ropers." Created by Veryl Goodnight and dedicated in 1991, the bronze shows a boy holding a rope while his canine companion tugs on it playfully.

Texas Legacy - Created by Robert Summers, six majestic Texas Longhorns are guided by two vaqueros on horseback in "Texas Legacy." A gift in 1987, the bronze epitomizes Texas' Western heritage.

>Vivian L. Smith - A former minority owner of the Houston Astros, Vivian L. Smith and her husband, R.E. "Bob" Smith, were an important part of the development of the Astrodome complex.

Wild and Free - Created in celebration of the Show's 60th anniversary in 1992, Edd Hayes' "Wild and Free" portrays the spirit of freedom through three mares, two colts and a stallion.

Yes! - The excitement of victory is captured in "Yes!" The work of Lawrence M. Ludke, the sculpture portrays a young girl holding a first-place ribbon in her right hand, extended upward in joy.

One sculpture, "Touch the Clouds," remains at its current location outside Reliant Arena.

The landscaping of the plaza reflects a Texas heritage, too, with native Houston and Texas plants such as cactus, yuccas and Live Oak trees, creating a feeling of walking into the Texas Hill Country. A stream flowing through the Plaza creates a soothing atmosphere for visitors. Seating has been placed in close proximity to each work of art for maximum enjoyment.

As with the previous sculpture locations, bronze donors are recognized on plaques accompanying the artwork. Information about each sculpture is included at the site and also is available in Braille.