Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Maverick of Crook County

"Maverick" a heroic size bronze was unveiled on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Prineville City Hall Plaza.
My father-in-law is a sculptor; and quite an accomplished one at that. His pieces range in size and materials, and have been installed in many states across the U.S. He has two pieces that have been dedicated to the city of Redmond, Oregon: one a steel eagle made of found objects, and the other a life-size bronze of a horse and rider with a yearling cow. And this last weekend I had the great privilege of witnessing the unveiling of his bronze piece "Maverick".
It was all so exciting. Although the weather wasn't the most desirable for being outside as it was overcast and very windy, there was quite a good turn out. A lot of people were there who wanted to see this gift to the city of Prineville, Oregon revealed.
With tarps covering the sculpture (actually two separate pieces), there was an air of mystery. After many festivities, the anticipation was building as family members and friends (including my husband) prepared for the unveiling.

The first tarp came off to reveal a heroic sized stallion. This unbridled horse is the maverick, and is pursued by a master horseman. I thought the wind in the maverick's mane and tail perfectly demonstrated the blustery weather of the day.

Foolishly, we forgot to bring our hats, so wrapping a sweater around our son's head was the perfect solution - if not a little funny looking!

This is a telling shot of the crowd as the sculptor talks about his piece. The Crook County Courthouse stands proudly in the background.

The horseman in hot pursuit.

It was a wonderful day and I was honored to be there. I enjoyed reconnecting with family over victuals, and the sharing of photography tips. I can't wait to see what this talented sculptor will come up with next!


heather said...

That is awesome! What a gifted artist.

Lindsay said...

Between you and Tyler, I would say that your kids are going to have some pretty artistic genes running though their veins!