Water, Metal, and Fire

Fair Park, Dallas, Texas





“The Gulf Cloud”
Erected 1916
In Memory of
Captain Sydney Smith
First Secretary State Fair of Texas
From 1886 to 1912
Designed by Miss Clyde Chandler

The bronze fountain sculpture is an allegorical composition that depicts four female figures representing the four geographic areas of Texas –the Gulf, the Coastal Plains, the Table Lands and Mountains of West Texas, and the Gulf Breeze. The Gulf lies against the feet of the Coastal Plains who rests in the lap of the Table Lands, while the Gulf Breeze brings nourishing rains to the State. The bottom of the sculpture is encircled with a granite relief depicting a garland of fruit, flowers, grain, and vegetables grown in Texas. The sculpture rests in the center of a circular fountain basin.