Bronco Buster, Denver

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    Street and Park Art aka Statues

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The most famous statue in Denver is the Bronco Buster, which is a bronze statue at the Denver Civic Center. In the mid-1910s, at the request of Major Robert Speer two large bronze statues (the Bronc Buster and the companion statue On the War Trail) were given to the city by J. K. Mullen an early settler. Phimister Proctor (1862-1951)who grew up in Denver was the sculptor. The statue was cast by the Gorham Foundry and is approximately 9 feet by 5 feet. The model was Slim Ridings. When he landed in jail for horse rustling and murder, Proctor put up the bail so that he could complete the modeling job. In 1920, the cost for The Bronco Buster was $16,500 and the city also paid $4,000 for the granite pedestal.

    But there are a lot of other statues and art work in Denver, several of which my husband photographed. The second photo is a bronze on the east lawn of State Capital. This statue is of a Native American standing over a dying bison sculptued by Preston Powers for the 1893 World's Fair Exposition at Chicago.

    Fondest memory: Also at the Capital is the Civil War Union Soldier in photo 3. It is the work of Captain John D. Howland, a prominent member of the 1st Colorado Cavalry. While the monument was designed by Captain Howland, J. Otto Schweizer of Philadelphia actually molded the figure. The statue was unveiled on July 24, 1909, and is adorned with four tablets that list the battles and the names of the soldiers who died. Colorado had the highest average of volunteers in the Civil War of any state or territory in the Union. Another plaque on the statue refers to the discovery of gold at Pikes Peak in 1858 by Green Russell and others. The plaque on the north face of the monument simply reads, " For the Unknown Dead."

    The other two pictures were taken at Coors Stadium. The one out front is called "The Player". It is a tribute by the Denver Rotary Club to Branch Rickey and has the names of all the winners since of the Branch Rickey Award given by the Rotary Club since the award was established in 1992.

    Photo 5 is of a sculpture designed by Lonnie Hanzon, local Denver artist, entitled "The Evolution of the Ball," It consist of 108 highly glazed three-dimensional tiles depicting balls of every type "from oddball to wrecking ball to eyeball to debutante ball" according to Hanzon

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    Bronco Buster Statue

    by seagoingJLW Written Nov 11, 2002
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    Favorite thing: See the statue of the Bronco Buster by Alexander Proctor. It is considered a great work of its time (1920.)

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