Art, by its very nature, is ever-changing. And one of the joys of art is seeing an artist stretch the boundaries to create a unique sculpture, with unexpected materials.
Native American artist Bennett Brein did exactly this with his realistic and incredibly detailed bison sculpture which stands on the grounds of the state capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.
If construction experience is on your résumé then you probably recognize the medium, and for those that don’t, it’s rebar – aka steel “reinforcing bar” used to strengthen newly poured concrete. Imagine the effort it must have taken to cut and fit this many steel rods and forge them into a massive and noble-looking buffalo.
A little backstory on the artist makes the sculpture even more appealing. An article in Fine Living Review Magazine said:
“If you’re looking for the pretentious artiste … well, you’ll have to keep looking.”
When Native American artist Bennett Brien hears that he is to be profiled in a magazine called Fine Living Review, he laughs.
“Well, I guess I qualify,” he says. “I did just get running water after about nine years.”
Are congratulations in order?
“Naw, man,” he says, “now I’ve got to hook up a shower and a toilet … all that stuff.”
Bravo Bennett! Very well done.
James & Terri