Fountain of the Pioneers, Bronson Park, c1940
The Fountain of the Pioneers was designed by noted Italian architect and designer, Alfonso Ianelli. Built partially with WPA funding, the fountain is a memorial to the forced removal of the area's Native American population by the federal government.
Fountain of the Pioneers, Bronson Park, Winter 2010
Over the years, the fountain has been the subject of controversy, with many individuals calling for its removal in lieu of continual maintenance. At the core of the controversy is the sculpture at the center of the photo above which depicts a European settler, facing west and elevated over a Native American in a posture of submission.