Prudential Insurance / Wave of Life1952
WW-WL
Bronze

The obverse bears a reclining nude couple on a dais above waves with a child between them. Around, ARKANSAS - KANSAS - LOUISIANA - MISSISSIPPI - MISSOURI / OKLAHOMA / TEXAS; below, 1952; signed WW. The reverse bears an image of the Prudential Building in Houston. Around, THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY - OF AMERICA; below, SOUTHWESTERN HOME OFFICE.

Wheeler Williams had created a sculpture called Wave of Life for a fountain in front of the newly erected Prudential Building on 1100 Holcombe Blvd. in Houston. Prudential commissioned him to also create a medal celebrating the opening of their new regional headquarters. The building was taken over by the University of Texas in 1975 and demolished in 2012.