Public Art: Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond
Also Known As: Seal Pond; Seal Fountain
Sculptor: © Robert Garrison (1895-1945)
Description: The large pond features two bronze seal lion sculptures with a young naked child sitting on the back of each seal. The child is depicted reaching around the seal’s neck and grabbing at the water with delight as it sprays from the seal’s mouth.
Location: Part of the Voorhies Memorial in Civic Park, Denver, Colorado, United States.
History: The Voorhies Memorial and Seal Pond, found across the park from the Greek Amphitheater, was built in 1922 at the bequest of John H. P. Voorhies, a Colorado mining pioneer, who at one time lived directly across the street from the park.
The fountain is often turned off during major events due to safety and health concerns. The water filtration system wasn’t designed with children in mind. Thus susceptible to contamination.