- Dec 2010
- Oregon coastal mountains
Stevens Art Foundry just completed Erik Christianson’s latest bronze, a life sized rendition of Wild Bill Hickok. Although Christianson’s sculpture is magnificent in its own right, the multicolor patina on this bronze provided just the right amount of zing to make the sculpture pop. Although patinas with multiple colors aren’t unusual, it takes a lot of skill to apply them so the sculptor’s original vision isn’t overwhelmed by the additional colors. The patina on this sculpture is ideal. Erik’s work always includes incredible detail, which can be difficult to render in a finished bronze – especially fine details. Fortunately, our metal-men were able to reproduce all of the details in Erik’s original design.
Erik has been interested in Wild Bill for a long time. James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876) is one the most iconic folk heroes of Old West. He was a gunfighter, scout, and a lawman. Ironically, Wild Bill headed west as a fugitive from justice, and after a brief stint as a stagecoach driver, he became a sheriff in Kansas and Nebraska. Between his law-enforcement duties and gambling, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts.
His career ended in Deadwood, SD, and there are reports he had a premonition that Deadwood would be the last place he’d hang his spurs. The premonition turned out to be true.
Wild Bill Hickok by Erik Christianson | Stevens Art Foundry