Honoring François Chouteau, Founder of Kansas City
As we approach the 2021 bicentennial celebration of the great state of Missouri, we want to honor the founder of Kansas City and the Native Americans who lived and traded in the area with a work of art.
The vision of the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain offers a look into the past with authentic, period surroundings. Resembling the river bluffs where Rock Creek and the Missouri River converge, the fountain spills water over limestone river rocks as mist jets create a gentle fog that hovers over the “river.” Three majestic statues perch atop the bluff depicting a trade encounter, while elsewhere, a Native American trapper stalks his prey. At night, the haunting illumination of the scene increases the allure of the past.
Plans for the site also include an open plaza where groups and classes can gather as well as a bus drop-off for safe loading and unloading.
Begin the celebration with a donation to a piece of Missouri history.
The site for the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is located on the west side of Chouteau Parkway, south of I-35, north of Parvin Road...nestled along the Chouteau Greenway near the Chouteau Rain Gardens.
About the Artist – Kwan Wu
Kwan Wu is ranked among the top sculptors in the world. His ability to breathe life into his works, capturing the spirit and emotion of each piece, sets him apart. Though the subjects and sizes of his sculptures vary greatly, their quality does not, making his works quickly recognizable. His is truly fine art at its best.
Kwan lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and children and works from his newly built home studio and workshop.