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The Equestrian Statue

"Vaquero"

Houston, Texas

Sculptor: Luis Jimenez
Material: Fiberglass
Year: 1977
One of the liveliest equestrian statues anywhere, Vaquero caused a rift in Houston's Hispanic Communtiy when it was set in place in 1981. Funded in part by the City of Houston, some thought that it reenforced negative sterotypes. The sculptor, El Pasoan Luis Jimenez, calmed the tempest when he came to Houston to answer the critics. It is now firmly woven into the fabric of Houston's Northside neighborhood in Moody Park and people now view it as the artist intended - a reminder that 1/3 of all western cowboys were of Hispanic heritage.

The statue stands in the 3700 block of Fulton - just east of Highway 45 and north of Quitman Street.

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