Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lovely Transformation


Even though I featured this sculpture previously (2008), its transformation is truly amazing. Central Wyoming College planned the makeover around the dedication of a new building, an Inter Tribal Center. While the building was being constructed, the statue was removed from its pedestal and taken to be refurbished.


Central Wyoming College dedicated the Inter Tribal Center in the Fall of 2010, and the statue was moved very near the building. It no longer has a pedestal but stands at ground level, making it much easier to see and appreciate.


According to the Art Inventory database, the statue was originally dedicated in July 1981.


The statue is no longer surrounded by trees and looks directly west toward the Wind River Mountains.


Even the baby in the cradle board can now be seen. I am pleased that CWC had this work of art recolored, restored, and relocated: it definitely needed a facelift.


7 comments:

  1. Here's a bit of trivia for you: the piece was sandblasted to remove the old patina. The colors (the red, gold and white in the blanket) are paints because there are no patina chemicals that will give that type of color. Having it off the plinth (pedestal) brings it down to a more human level. Can you tell I work for a bronze sculptor? BTW, this is a lovely piece.

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  2. Impressive. Art should be treasured and visible. Seems both things are happening!

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  3. Wow......that is a huge difference and all for the better. The texture of the blanket really looks real!

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  4. I didn't see the baby until the last two photos. What a wonderful statue!! It makes my heart sing!

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  5. Wonderful! The details in the blanket are amazing. What a wonderful tribute to the Native American!

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  6. I agree with everyone's comments. And the blanket brings back memories of Hudson Bay Blankets. (Did they get them that far west? ... Probably as my blanket is from the west.... )

    Glad they took the time, energy and money to show this statue in the very best way.

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