A statue of Ludwig Börne, for whom the city of Boerne is named, is currently located at Boerne’s Visitors Center. “Lud” as he is affectionately known to locals, was in residence for many years at the Boerne Public Library when it was located in the Dienger Building at Main and Blanco. Lud found a new home under the beautiful oaks of the Visitors Center when the Patrick Heath Public Library was built in 2011.
An interesting historical note -- Ludwig Börne, never visited Boerne. According to an inscription on the statue “Ludwig Börne was the inspiration for young German students and educated noblemen to migrate to Texas and freedom in the 1840’s. Boerne was named after this scholar.” The sculpture was created by Jonas Perkins and was presented by the Boerne Area Historical Preservation Society in 1995.
Jonas Perkins grew up in Phoenix, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and currently resides in Fredericksburg, Texas. Perkins says that his mother encouraged him “to do something amazing”. She introduced him to art by giving him clay to experiment with. Other South Texas installations include a mosaic of the San Antonio Spurs logo that is permanently installed in the Spurs training center. Over his 40-year career, Perkins has created sculpture in wood, bronze, plaster and stone for private and public commissions, many of historical figures.