"The Friendship Fountain" (Dancing Dolphins Fountain) by James “Bud” Bottoms & Octavio González Gutiérrez (1987)

The Friendship Fountain

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.

The Friendship Fountain (Dancing Dolphins Fountain) by James Bud Bottoms and Octavio González Gutiérrez (1987)

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. 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.

James "Bud" Bottoms is a Californian sculptor and environmentalist that lives in Santa Barbara. Octavio González Gutiérrez is a Mexican sculptor best known for his Vallarta whale.

Author: M. A. Gallardo

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