With donations from Fischer, Garvey, statue finds a public home
Motoring along Bonanza Drive or taking a stroll down the Historic Rail Trail in the North of Main business district (NOMA), you might notice a new statue. A denizen of the area for several weeks, the 15-foot-tall bronze rises up amidst the retail landscape.
"Braveheart," as the piece is called, was placed there by developer Mark J. Fischer after he purchased it from the Park City Education Foundation.
"We thought it would be a great piece of art to put at the head of the Rail Trail," said Fischer.
The Education Foundation received the sculpture through a donation from supporters Steve and Candace Garvey and auctioned the item off at the Education Foundation’s annual golf outing.
"We were very honored and lucky to have this statue donated by Steve and Candace Garvey," said Lynn Heinlein, the executive director of the organization.
She said the PCEF was happy Fischer took a liking to the piece. A creation of Jackson Hole, Wyo., artist Vic Payne, the sculpture depicts an Indian who has disguised himself as a wolf so he may capture an eagle.
The brave stands, back arched, to grab the leg of the approaching bird, which is swooping down to attack. The piece freezes a moment of movement.
According to a statement by Payne, eagles were known to fly down to fight wolves for their kill, trying to edge in on their meal. So, to capture one of the birds for their prized feathers, a brave would hide under a wolf hide and wait for the bird to come down in search of food.
Fischer said he saw the statute as an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Education Foundation while also adding to the NOMA area. He said that after purchasing the art work, he obtained a permit from the city to the display the piece on public land and then placed the work in its current location.
"I saw this as a win-win," said Fischer, "to, make a donation to the Education Foundation and get a piece of artwork to improve the NOMA area."
According to Fischer, the statue is the proof in a run of 35 sculptures made by Payne. So far, Fischer said, the response to the piece has been positive.
"People that are in the know think it’s fantastic," Fischer noted.
The piece will maintain its present location for the foreseeable future, he added. He declined to comment on the price of the work.
Heinlein said that the Education Foundation netted more then $160,000 from the golf event and live auction.
"We were very grateful," she said, "to make and the Garveys for donating and purchasing that piece."
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