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Willie Nelson statue by Clete Shields
Photo by Matthew Britt

WILLIE NELSON

From Texas Monthly: The massive bronze sculpture rests downtown at the corner of Willie Nelson Boulevard (formerly Second Street) and Lavaca outside the new studios of Austin City Limits. Sculptor Clete Shields portrayed Willie in a reflective pose, sitting and smiling beatifically as his pigtails hang down gently over his chest. His famous guitar, Trigger, complete with its distinctive hole, rests on his leg. By every measure, the statue is an admiring tribute for the musician who, more than anyone else, has helped make Austin weird. “I wanted to convey the poetry, tranquility, and kindness of the man and his music,” Shields says. “I hope it will be a place where fans can celebrate the infinite love Austin has for Willie.”

Angelina Eberly statue by Pat Oliphant

ANGELINA EBERLY

CAST’s second project was sculpted by renowned cartoonist Pat Oliphant. Some consider Angelina Eberly the “Savior of Austin,” for her heroics in saving the state’s archives, which are re-created in the heart of the city’s downtown.

“Philosopher’s Rock” statue by Glenna Goodacre

PHILOSOPHERS’ ROCK

CAST’s first project, sculpted by Glenna Goodacre (Vietnam Women’s Memorial) and installed at the entrance to Austin’s popular and historic Barton Springs Pool in 1994.