Welcome to Waco's "sculpture zoo" - a collection of 28 animal-based artworks by leading artists from across the United States. This website is designed to help you make the most of this experience by introducing you to the remarkable artists, animal subjects, and donors behind each sculpture.
We'd love to see your photos of the sculpture zoo and hear about your favorites. Please tag @CreativeWaco, @CityofWaco and hashtag #wacosculpturezoo
About Waco Sculpture Zoo
Stretching from Baylor University to McLennan Community College, the Brazos River corridor runs through the heart of Waco, incorporating natural and cultural resources that include Cameron Park and the recently designated Downtown Cultural District. The riverside is already home to an outstanding collection of public art that includes approximately forty sculptures, such as Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage (by sculptor Robert Summers) and the Doris Miller Memorial (by designer Stan Carrol and sculptor Eddie Dixon). With the addition of the Waco Sculpture Zoo, artwork can be enjoyed along the river all the way from Baylor University to Cameron Park Zoo.
The mile-long stretch of the Waco Sculpture Zoo features 28 artworks varying in style, form, and materials, and featuring animals that can be found in Cameron Park Zoo or that are native to the area. The sculptures were commissioned by Creative Waco following a national call for artists, a rigorous juried selection process, and the generosity of private donors. This ambitious project features work by 17 different artists from across the United States, including 2 local sculptors. Inspiration and funding for the project were led by Clifton and Betsy Robinson with 33 families from across the Waco community.
The artwork was adopted into the City of Waco public art collection, and installed by City of Waco with HCS General Contractors. Engineering input was provided by Langerman Foster and Winton Engineering.
The sculptures are visible from University Parks Drive, the river walk, and the river. You can find all 28 animal-based artworks along the Brazos River trail between downtown Waco and the Pecan Bottoms entrance to Cameron Park Zoo.
We hope this project paves the way for more public art projects that become a source of pride and delight for residents and visitors.