"Allegorical Art" is a term James Muir uses to describe his work, which is filled with symbology to help create a heightened social, political and spiritual awareness. "The allegorical symbolism in my sculptures bridges the centuries of history to make contemporary statements about the human condition, in order to exemplify the highest qualities of man. My work speaks of Duty, Honor, Courage, Liberty and Justice, but above all, it speaks of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit".
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"Elfego Baca One Man-One Mission"
|"Elfego Baca One Man, One War"BRONZE SCULPTURE
maquette size 20" high x 16" x 16"
Ed. Size: 19
Concept for Elfego Baca & His Mission
|"One Man, One War"|
Artist's Concept: This sculpture is a tribute to a "Courageousness" that transcends ethnic or temporal differences and pays honor to the highest and best that lies deep within all human beings. The objective is not to further the divisiveness of bigotry that Elfego Baca fought against, and which continues to this day, but rather to unite us all in the relentless struggle against tyranny.
Rendering: The design captures Baca's signature moment - his single-handed gunfight against overwhelming force of 80 Texas cowboys in Reserve, New Mexico. He is stepping up through a doorway in the demolished wall of the "jacal", as if rising from a grave into the light of life, with a determination born of true courage. He has looked death in the eyes and not flinched for his strength comes from a higher Power.
The Olaf Wieghorst Award is awarded annually by the Mountain Oyster Club's Art Committee in recognition of that body's consensus of "Best of Show" during its Annual Western Art Show and Sale. "Elfego Baca" One Man-One War has been selected for this prestigious award.
The Mountain Oyster Art Show is one of the three oldest and largest western art shows in the country and has long held a reputation for identifying and showcasing talented emerging western artists.
The award is named in honor of Olaf Wieghorst, an early artist member of the Mountain Oyster Club. Olaf Wieghort was known as the "dean of western artists," his paintings now hang in the premier museums and private collections in this country. Olaf Wieghorst had a lifelong love of horses and of the rugged individuals who helped shape the American West. He was born in Denmark in 1899, enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry in 1918, and saw service on the Mexican border. Upon discharge and into the 1920's Wieghorst worked as a ranch hand at the Cunningham Ranch near Alma New Mexico. Wieghorst's works reflected his personal experiences and the distinctive Quarter Circle 2C brand became his signature logo.
Close-up Clay in Progress
|STATEMENT FROM ARTIST:|
"I am proud to have been selected for this monumental sculpture. It has great importance and messages for humanity. I look forward to working with the town of Reserve in their vision and dedication to the preservation of this true hero. I see this memorial for Elfego Baca as a testimony to the power of one human being to stand up, alone if necessary, against the oppression of tyranny in order that others may live free……….."
In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir's sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Yet, whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life- for Truth in its purest form."
James Muir awarded
The prestigious Olaf Weighorst Award at the Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona, for the maquette of the Lifesize Baca Memorial to be installed May 24, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Reserve, New Mexico
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