Waiting for Sockeye April 24, 2014 | By Admin
Kent Ullberg, Waiting for Sockeye, 1994. National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Kent Ullberg.
On a sunny day in late August 1994, the new Museum building had not yet opened—the Museum was still located on the northeast corner of the Town Square. The new employees, volunteers, and docents were meeting in the almost- completed new Museum space for a day of orientation and training.
During our meeting, we were interrupted and told that one of the new sculptures, Waiting for Sockeye by Kent Ullberg, was about to be installed. Our entire group walked out onto the flat area east of the Rising Sage Café (no terrace yet) and watched the show!
A large crane pulled onto the lower driveway off Hwy. 89 and parked. We watched below as a large bronze bear sculpture was hoisted up to the terrace outside the Café. Up, up, up it traveled and was gently placed on the rock base that became its new home.
I’ll never forget this exciting and impressive day!
Judy Pilgrim, Volunteer, Wyoming Sage Society*
* > 500 Hours Volunteered