Public Art

Orpheus Fountain

By Carl Milles
Category: Fountain


Milles created the Orpheus Fountain in 1936. According to Greek legend, Orpheus played the lyre so beautifully that stones and trees danced and wild beasts were tamed. He is most famous for visiting the underworld where he used his incomparable music to win the release of his bride Eurydice. In order to do so, he had to agree not to look back at her until they had reached the light of day. However, despite his promise to Hades, god of the underworld, Orpheus could not resist looking back and thus lost her again, this time forever.

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Dimensions: 122″
Year Completed: 1936
Material: Bronze
Owner: Gateway Foundation

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