City approves monuments listed for the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest
Celebration of John Houser's Life
The XII Travelers board and the El Paso Museum of Art will host a public Celebration of Life for El Paso artist and sculptor John Houser on Wednesday, March 21, at noon at the El Paso Museum of Art.
Houser is the creator of the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest, a project that was inspired by an illustration in a book by fellow El Paso artist Tom Lea. The project was started in 1988 as a way to bring tourism and promote economic development. The 12 memorials depict a diverse group of figures from the region’s history. Three of these memorials, Fray Garcia de San Francisco, the Equestrian and Susan Magoffin were completed during his lifetime. A fourth sculpture of Benito Juarez is in process and will be completed by Mr. Houser’s son Ethan. John Houser died on January 10, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico of a heart condition.