'Mustangs of Las Colinas' – Irving, Texas - Atlas Obscura

'Mustangs of Las Colinas'

This strategically-placed fountain creates the magnificent illusion of mustangs galloping across a river.  


The Dallas suburb of Irving is home to a very clever sculptural fountain.

Designed by Kenyan sculptor Robert Glen and installed in 1984, “Mustangs of Las Colinas” depict a herd of nine bronze mustangs galloping across a river, splashing water. This breathtaking illusion is created by small fountains strategically placed beneath the horses’ hooves, not to mention the lifelike details of the wild animals.

The work commemorates the state’s mustangs, who represent the unfettered lifestyle that was fundamental to Texas during its pioneer days. The plaza setting for the sculpture won a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1985.

Adjacent to the sculpture is the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, which displays the eight years of work Glen invested into the sculpture. The museum also showcases a short film on the making of the sculpture and other works by Glen.

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November 27, 2020

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