Lot Number: 54
By: Sandy Scott
The American buffalo, or bison, brings to mind vivid pictures of the old Wild West. At one time over 60 million of them roamed North America but by 1890 only 500 were left. Civilized man had never witnessed a greater amassment of animals anywhere on earth, and their story almost ended with tragic extinction. The American bison is more than an animal to me; it’s an emotional manifesto that exemplifies my deep affinity for the West and its history. While creating “Bison Bison” I was under the influence of my subject’s strong shape. I attempted to combine simplicity and clarity into a quiet, uncomplicated sculptural statement.