Mustang museum moves; horses turning 30

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In top photo, Mary Higbie, guide for the Mustangs at Las Colinas Museum, stands beside the sculpture of nine wild Mustangs in the Williams Square Plaza. In bottom photo, she stands at the entrance to the museum, where the making of the sculpture is explained.
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Anyone who likes history, horses and/or sculpture would love the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum.

People who come to the museum are greeted by Mary Higbie, the friendly museum guide, who will tell the history of how the larger-than-life sculptures of nine wild Mustangs galloping across a granite stream were brought into existence.

Once inside, visitors may view a brief film, telling how African wildlife artist Robert Glen was able to create the magnificent sculpture that now stands in the Williams Square Plaza, in the heart of Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center.

Since the museum was moved to a new location a couple of months ago, Higbie and museum visitors can look out the front window of the museum and see the sculpture, while learning about it inside the museum. The museum is now located in the East Tower at Williams Square, at 5221 N. O’Connor Road, Suite 110E. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“Admission is free and we even validate parking,” Higbie said. “You can’t beat that.”

At the museum, visitors will learn that the bronze mustangs were eight years in the making.

Ben Carpenter, the founder of Las Colinas, had commissioned Glen to create the sculpture, and then for the tall buildings at Williams Square to be built around them. Williams Square, named for Carpenter’s business partner Dan Williams and Carolyn Carpenter Williams, ironically is almost in a horseshoe shape around plaza and the mustangs.

The bronze Mustangs were created overseas and flown to Texas where they were dedicated in September 1984.

Higbie said there are no plans to have a 30-year celebration of the Mustangs this year, but that a major celebration is planned for fall 2015. She said Glen, who has also done sculpture for other cities, is planning to return to Las Colinas for the celebration.

Higbie said Glen, who was born in Kenya, now lives in a tent in Tanzania, with no running water or electricity. He works on his creations in a small building near his tent.