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Giant Sculpture Unveiled as Part of 25th Western Visions Events August 22, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary, Sculpture Trail, Western Visions

Giant Sculpture Unveiled as Part of 25th Western Visions Events

Richard Loffler presents “Buffalo Trail” at National Museum of Wildlife Art

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – August 17, 2012 – On September 13 at 10 a.m., Western Visions Featured Sculptor Richard Loffler will unveil his heroic-sized bronze, “Buffalo Trail,” in a commemorative ceremony at the National Museum of Wildlife Art – part of the museum’s 25th annual Western Visions® events.  The 64-foot-long piece features five adult bison and two calves, all created at one-and-a-half actual size.  As part of the presentation of the artwork, Loffler will discuss the sometimes grueling process of creating the sculpture, more than four years in the making from conception to full casting and installation. The event is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 25th offering of Western Visions, the month-long Jackson Hole art celebration and main fundraiser for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  The 2012 Western Visions, August 18 – September 26, combines lectures, hands-on workshops and fabulous artsy parties with the chance to see and purchase the best of Western contemporary art. Richard Loffler is featured sculptor for 2012, and the public will have an opportunity to take a piece of the trail home with Loffler’s donation of a smaller-scale replica of the last bison in “Buffalo Trail,” titled “Making a Stand,” which will be available for auction as part of the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, where he discovered his passion for the natural world on an uncle’s farm, award-winning sculptor Richard Loffler works from life “to capture the character of my subjects at moments of instinctive gesture.” Loffler has been working on “Buffalo Trail,” specially commissioned by the National Museum of Wildlife Art for its Sculpture Trail, since 2008. In a short video on the Western Visions website, Loffler describes how he included broken railroad tracks running beneath the final “Making a Stand” bison in his “Buffalo Trail” piece in part as a commentary on humans’ often misguided attempts to control nature.

Also on September 13, the 2012 Western Visions Featured Painter Tucker Smith will join guests (by reservation only) for lunch and a chance to see the world through his artist’s eye on a horseback ride at Spring Creek Ranch. Smith donated several pieces for this year’s event, including a large-scale painting titled “Through the Aspens.”

For more information on Western Visions, including a complete calendar of events and an online auction catalogue of pieces available for sale, visit www.westernvisions.org.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

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