One of the best-known sculptures in town, this piece depicts three jumping dolphins and has an interesting story to tell.
Puerto Vallarta became a Sister City with Santa Barbara CA on June 12th, 1973. over the years citizens of both communities have had all kinds of positive exchange, humanitarian missions, sojourns, donations and more. See website.
A friendship plaza was created, including this, The Friendship Fountain or Dancing Dolphins Fountain, which has now been moved behind the Arches to one side of the Naval Historical Museum.
This sculpture is similar to a bronze sculpture in Santa Barbara which he designed called the Bicentennial Friendship Fountain, the one in Puerto Vallarta is based on it, but in a different layout.
James "Bud" Bottoms is the artist that created the sculpture, Octavio González Gutiérrez was in charge of the sculpting work and putting it together. Octavio González mentions that the elements were sent separately and he was left with the task of putting the thing together, so he did it as he most liked it.
I feel the original sculpture in California has an air of dynamics and movement, plus team work, whereas the Vallarta version has more a feeling of love and tenderness. I like them both.
The fountain and sculpture were finished in 1987. The artist himself calls it "Dancing Dolphins Fountain".
The use of dolphins is inspired by a Chumash Indian myth in which the Earth Goddess, Hutash creates a rainbow bridge, Wishtoyo, to help the Indians cross over to the mainland, along the way some looked down (despite being told not to do so) and fell off the bridge, to prevent them from drowning they were transformed into dolphins and since then the Chumash have considered them as brothers.
Author: M. A. Gallardo