Community Outdoor Sculptures

“Rise of the Midgard Serpent” Turns 25 This Year!

Rise of the Midgard Serpent
Everyone is familiar with the dragon in Lake Woodlands. What you may not know is that the sculpture, “Rise of the Midgard Serpent” by Marc Rosenthal will be celebrating it’s twenty-fifth anniversary this year.

This artwork is the eleventh sculpture added to the collection and was originally located on the shore of the Buffalo Bayou in Downtown Houston. The sculpture has the distinction of being one of the few pieces in the collection that was purchased by Mrs. Cynthia Woods-Mitchell herself. As the story goes the artwork just showed up one day; Mrs. Mitchell paid for the sculpture and had it delivered without letting anyone know it was coming! Quite a surprise.

It just so happened that Lake Woodlands was still empty at the time so Mr. Coulson Tough suggested that it be installed in the lake. The artist came to The Woodlands, assisted with the tricky installation, and the lake has been home to this sculpture ever since. Many residents think of the artwork as a rain gauge! The less you can see of the artwork, the more rain we’ve had.

Be on the look-out for a special event sometime later this year to celebrate the dragon’s birthday/anniversary.

Please take time to enjoy this grand collection of sculptures located in our backyard.
– Take a virtual tour at www.woodlandsart.com,
– Buy the book, “The Woodlands Outdoor Sculptures” at your local bookstores,
– Schedule a catered tour of the collection by Sculp-Tours.
Source: Tony Motto, 281-467-8818

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