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Blair Buswell
"Pioneer Courage" Monument
Bronze, 1 1/4 Lifesize

Part of the permanent collection of the City of Omaha, NE.


Also Available:
"A New Beginning"
Bronze, Edition of 12
38" H (72" H with pedestal) x 10' L x 3' W

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"Daddy Daughter Date"
Bronze, Edition of 32
15" H x 12" W x 11" D

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"Prairie Flowers"
Bronze, Edition of 32
18 1/2" H

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"Right Lead"
Bronze, Edition of 32
19" H

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"Ol' Sadie"
Bronze, Edition of 22
14" H x 23" L x 7" D

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"The Wagon Master"
Bronze, Edition of 32
29" H x 17" W x 21" L

Also Available:
"Fighting Heart"
Bronze
44" H x 36" W x 16" L

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The larger than life version of "A New Beginning" was the first wagon train Blair installed at the "Pioneer Courage" Monument. Photograph by David Wiegand.
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Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Photograph by David Wiegand.
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Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
pioneer courage
Detail of "Pioneer Courage". Photograph by David Wiegand.
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Sculptor Blair Buswell stands with his "Pioneer Courage" Monument in downtown Omaha, NE.
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Sculptor Blair Buswell works in his studio on the clay version of the wagon master for the "Pioneer Courage" monument.
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Sculptor Blair Buswell stands with the wagon master of his "Pioneer Courage" monument in downtown Omaha, NE.
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Sculptor Blair Buswell examines the wagon master for the "Pioneer Courage" monument.
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The wagon master of the "Pioneer Courage" monument in downtown Omaha, NE.
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Sculptor Blair Buswell works in his studio on a clay scale model of the "Pioneer Courage" monument. Photograph by Craig Dilger of the "Daily Herald."
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Sculptor Blair Buswell works in his studio on the clay version of the "Pioneer Courage" monument. Photograph by Craig Dilger of the "Daily Herald."

Blair Buswell's monumental wagon train "Pioneer Courage" streches across the city block of Pioneer Courage Park in downtown Omaha, NE. It shows the wagon train crossing the frontier, experiencing the wilderness of the prairie for the first time.

"The main objective of 'Pioneer Courage' is to tell the story of the hundreds of thousands of pioneers who migrated to the West . . . . We also wanted to encourage people to participate in the sculpture, to imagine what it must have been like to be a pioneer. I can't think of a better way to experience that journey than to fall in line and walk a few steps with a larger-than-life wagon train. It's the closest most people will get to a team of oxen in their lifetime . . . . This is a big project, it is my Mt. Rushmore." - Blair Buswell, Sculptor

Portions of "Pioneer Courage" are also available separately in the small sculptures "A New Beginning", "Daddy Daughter Date", "Prairie Flowers", "Right Lead", "Ol' Sadie", "The Wagon Master", and "Fighting Heart".

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