Portable Trojan Bear


Jim Love

American 1927-2005


Wood, steel, brass


91 x 61 x 131.25 inches
(231.14 x 154.94 x 333.38 cm)




Hermann Park
6001 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77030

Portable Trojan Bear is a landmark in Hermann Park, visible along the road through the park near the golf course, Miller Outdoor Theater, and the Houston Zoo. Inspired by the Trojan Horse used by the Greeks to enter the city of Troy in the Trojan War, Portable Trojan Bear is comprised of a wooden bear held together with a metal framework and perched on metal wheels. It was the first public commission for Texas artist Jim Love. Originally sited at the intersection of Montrose and Bissonnet across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it was moved to Hermann Park in 1984. Portable Trojan Bear was restored by the Herman family in memory of Carl J. Herman in 1999 through the Houston Art Foundation’s Adopt A Monument Program. It was restored again in 2009. Artist Jim Love was an American Modernist sculptor born in Amarillo, Texas. His works can be found in important institutions including The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Love was especially known for works made of found objects. He rose to prominence when, in 1961, his assemblage art was included in the groundbreaking exhibition, The Art of Assemblage, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.