Thus One Goes to the Stars…
A Latin phrasing often referring to immortality… “thus one goes to the stars : such is the way to immortality”
I’m not sure how I ran across the photo online… but I found myself looking at one of the most exceptional statues I’ve ever seen. I was determined to find it when I went to Laramie, and I did!
My most favorite bronze remains the one just outside the famous End of Trail statue at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. While EoT is massive and emotional, the small statue outside is the one I love. I never can find a photo of it, but I know it exists! It depicts Little People hiding under a creek bank from a Native American brave who thinks he has heard something. Now, Little People have always fascinated me… and my mom even told me her dad would warn her to behave or “the Little People would come take her away”. Don’t be thinking leprechauns or sweet fairies… the Little People of Native American mythology (remember my grandfather was 3/4 Choctaw) were small, strong, and mean. (I’ve wanted to write a story about them for YEARS). OK, I’m getting off topic!
I’ve found my second favorite statue… and it’s giving those Little People a run for their money!!!!
It’s called Breakin’ Through.
Depicted is a 1920’s cowgirl… grinning as all get out… knowing she’s riding the horse her brother couldn’t ride (according to the artist). She’s decked out in silk shirt, fancy gauntlets, spurs, belt, and hat band.
This appeals to me on sooooo many levels.
She’s sixteen feet tall. The stone wall is twenty five.
Why the University doesn’t have a Wyoming Cowgirls t-shirt with this on it, is beyond me… C’mon, the front view on the front of the t-shirt and …
… the back view on the back of the t-shirt??? Dang… I’d buy a few!
I just like everything about this… kudos to the artist, and the University, and the mother/daughter team that made it happen!
*** There’s a nice Wyoming PBS story about the artist available online.
*** Unfortunately, the Wyoming Cowgirls lost to Arizona at the WNIT basketball tournament today. We’re still mighty proud they made it to the semifinals!Find me here!