"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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"The Empty Saddle" Bronze Sculpture
|"The Empty Saddle"
Edition . . 30
Size . . 9"H
|"The Empty Saddle" was created in honor of our fallen American Cavalrymen, not only of the War Between the States, but also the Indian Wars and, by association, all the wars and skirmishes in which the mounted cavalry took part. North, South, West...these men gave their all for what they believed in; all were proud to claim the title of Americans.
Additionally, this piece is also a tribute to the noble horses who served just as valiantly as their riders and who, like them, at times made the supreme sacrifice.
The war-torn horse equipments are basic U.S. issue for the 1860's period and, as such, by acquisition were also in standard usage by the Confederate Cavalry as well.
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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