Free Spirit*, 2002

Snell Johnson


A bronze of a rearing male horse stands in the courtyard west of the Animal & Food Sciences Building, between the facility and the Gordon W. Davis Meat Science Laboratory. Over nine feet tall, this piece depicts a nearly life-sized wild mustang. It was donated by the late Ann Lee Harris in honor of her late husband and rancher, Jack Harris. The couple owned and operated the Harris Ranch in Coalinga, California, one of the state’s largest cattle feeding operations. Ann, who grew up on the High Plains of Texas, was a former Broadway actress and later became a restaurateur. The statue, Free Spirit, was initially located at the front entrance of her restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona before being donated and moved to campus.

*Artwork not funded by the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program