6. "Dancing Waters" - Clay by Stan Bitters, Fresno, he has
awards from Otis Art Institute, Chicago and commissions from Maui
hotels. This is a lovely fountain which at its inception spouted
water pulsating as high as fourteen feet into the air.
William H. McKenzie's heirs built the ten-story
building. Later, it came into the hands of Frank M. Helm and was
renamed. With it's ornate, broad cornice and ten-stories, it was the
tallest in California and stood out as the major building for eight
7. "Valley Landing" - Granite
sculpture by Gordon Newell, who lives in Pacific Grove and
taught at Occidental and Chouinards School of Arts. His
sculptures are on display in permanent collections of both
Oakland and San Diego museums of art.
E. Griffith-McKenzie/Helm Building - 1914
1111 Fulton Mall, Classical Revival, W. Kelham, Architect.
1914, Samuel N. Griffith, a realty promoter, and
8. "La Grand Laveuse (Washer Woman)"
- Bronze by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919, France, a
famous Impressionist painter. He attended Ecole de
Beaux-Arts. For more information, check the Fresno County
Library; there are over 30 books dealing only with Renoir.
La Grand Laveuse is the star of the sculptures on the Mall.
There were six originals made and Fresno was lucky to get
the last one. This is a classic piece of art by one of the
most famous artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries art
Southwest/Security Building -
La Grand Laveuse (Washer Woman)