Wild Bill Hickok in Bronze

unclefred

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Dec 2010
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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
 

tjadams

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Mar 2009
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Bronze statues have a way of being timeless and stunning when outdoors. Locally for me, in Fort Worth, Texas, they presented this sculpture in the
Hispanic North Side of town.
 
Apr 2013
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The worst statue in the world.



This one ain't much better.



This one is magnificent, Logan depicted at Atlanta. In Grant Park in Chicago. (The statue of Grant is in Lincoln Park.)

 
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Apr 2013
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That is very poorly done, the serape looks like a potato sack :lol:.
That statue is one of the clumsiest and most graceless things I've seen. And the pose is more suited to a statue of Willam Travis, substitute his shotgun for the guitar and we could have a bad statue of Travis.
 

okamido

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Jun 2009
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Bronze statues have a way of being timeless and stunning when outdoors. Locally for me, in Fort Worth, Texas, they presented this sculpture in the
Hispanic North Side of town.
If this was in San Antonio, there might be a joke in there somewhere.
 

tjadams

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Mar 2009
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Texas
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That statue is one of the clumsiest and most graceless things I've seen. And the pose is more suited to a statue of Willam Travis, substitute his shotgun for the guitar and we could have a bad statue of Travis.

William B. Travis statue in Dallas, Texas' "Hall of State" (Fair Park) that opened in 1936. :)
And his statue in front of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
 

jegates

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Custer Statue in Monroe, MI






It was unveiled by President Taft in 1910 with Mrs. Custer present. Libby Custer is actually the one on the far left in black almost not in the crop.

 

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