Hannibal Pianta: cast the iconic Indian, in concrete, based on a statue by Waldine Tauch. Her mentor, Pompeo Coppini, didn’t think such a little woman could sculpt monumental works. She proved him wrong The Indian, called “The First Inhabitant.” is 7 feet tall. The basins, now disconnected, were designed to be public water fountains.
Pianta was an interesting character and his work is all over Texas.
This entry was originally written for the Texas Trail Roundup.