Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Outdoor Art - Cattle Drive Sculpture

The Cattle Drive Sculpture in Pioneer Plaza in the Convention Center of downtown Dallas, is the world's largest bronze sculpture of its kind. It depicts a cattle drive of 3 cowboys and 50 steers. It features a native landscape complete with flowing stream. Each piece was created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose, TX. The sculpture is on the site of the Shawnee Trail, which was a popular cattle drive trail in the 1850s.

Each sculpture was created by Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas. Pioneer Plaza is the largest public open space in the central Dallas business district. Pioneer Plaza is second only to Dealey Plaza as the most-visited landmark in downtown Dallas. Pioneer Cemetery connects to Pioneer Plaza and interesting to walk through. There is a very large Civil War Memorial in Pioneer Cemetery featuring Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.

The sculpture commemorates the legacy of 19th century cattle drive that passed via Dallas. It sits on a 4.2 acres. It cost the city of Dallas $4.8 million which came from private funds raised from individuals and local businesses. Each bronze steer is taller than me, about six-feet high and so does the cowboy, perhaps double of my size. A dramatic feature composed by the designer is amazingly whereby the real scene of cattle drive was mimicked, descending an artificial ridge then crossing the stream in a park with one cowboy driving a stubborn steer and another cowboy watching attentively on top of the hill. Find out more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Plaza

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