Columbian Park Sculptures and Fountains
Columbian Park, 1915 Scott Street, Lafayette, IN 47905
The Columbian Park Zoo offers a large variety of interactive Public Art. A fountain with a forty-two inch solid granite sphere emblazoned with a map of the world on a water base greets visitors to the zoo. A child’s touch will set the world spinning! You then move on to a meandering river populated by seven beautiful bronze sculptures representing the seven continents. These sculptures, done by Texas artist Darrell Davis, include a bear cub, platypus, orangutan, penguin, alligator, gecko and a trio of baby elephants. A lovely Butterfly Sculpture Garden is located in the middle of the zoo. Three fiberglass sculptures invite children to climb on them and explore. These sculptures are an eleven-foot caterpillar, a ladybug and a butterfly on a flower. Additional bronze sculptures by local artist Rita Hadley adorn the zoo; these include sculptures of otters, a tortoise, and most recently installed are four bronze penguin sculptures.