Stevens Art Foundry has been in business for over forty years. Owners Larry and Veronica Stevens started out designing and casting silver jewelry. They were soon casting bronze belt buckles for local breweries and radio stations in San Antonio. Before long their business progressed to sculpting and casting famous race horses.
In 1976 they moved the foundry close to Bergheim, Texas and never looked back. Today they work with notable sculptors who are placing bronze monuments in distinguished locations including Notre Dame University, Texas A&M University, and the Texas State Capitol.
Father Gander is a bronze sculpture that was created by Larry Stevens and gifted to the City in 2012 by Larry Stevens, sculptor and owner of Stevens Art Foundry in Bulverde. .
According to the Boerne Star “The Hill Country Council for the Arts assisted Stevens in facilitating development, donation and placement of the piece, and the city’s Public Art Review Committee reviewed the gift and recommended its acceptance to the council.
The sculpture pays tribute to the father Chinese goose that perished while protecting its nest near the Dodging Duck restaurant in 2010. It depicts a goose with a wing outstretched over three goslings.
The goose family’s saga captured the hearts of Boerne residents, with dozens often gathering to watch the little group cross River Road from the Dodging Duck to Cibolo Creek. Despite a traffic cone placed at the crossing spot, the father goose was ultimately struck by a car.”
Father Gander is located in River Road Park near the intersections of River Road and Mesquite.