Sculptures by Pancho Cardenas (Francisco Cárdenas Martínez) seen at University of San Francisco, San Francisco - Los Lobos de Loyola

Los Lobos de Loyola

When you visit San Francisco State University, you will see a 2-ton work called Los Lobos de Loyola which depicts the wolves and stewpot from the family coat of arms of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Some say the 15th-century image is a pun on the Loyola family name (“lobos y olla,” wolves and a stewpot); others suggest the pot is a symbol of hospitality and the wolves point to the family’s reputation as warriors. Crafted by Pancho Cardenas, the 8-foot high bronze sculpture is a second edition of Cardenas’ original work created for the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City a decade ago.