Rock" statue by Glenna Goodacre
CAST’s first project, installed in 1994, is a
larger-than-lifesize bronze sculpture of three renowned
Austin writers that sits under a pecan grove at the
entrance to Barton Springs Pool. J. Frank Dobie, Roy
Bedichek, and Walter Prescott Webb used to meet at Barton
Springs every afternoon and hold forth in what has been
characterized as "Austin’s first literary
salon." The men met on a rock at the edge of the
pool that Bedichek dubbed "Philosophers’
Rock." The statue, by renowned sculptor Glenna
Goodacre (who created the Women in Vietnam memorial
in Washington D.C. and the image of Sacajawea on the
new dollar coin) is an unforgettable depiction of three
good friends engaged in an informal but intense discussion.
A monument to friendship, ideas, the glory of nature
and the joy of conversation, Philosophers’ Rock
quickly became a beloved Austin landmark. The Austin
Chronicle, in naming Philosophers’ Rock the "Best
Public Art" in Austin, wrote: "It does what
great statues do: recognize achievement, convey a sense
of the community from which it sprang, and inspire us."
The Austin American Statesman declared it "an irresistable
connection to Texas’ literary past."