Three More Capitol Avenue Bronzes to Be Installed Wednesday – Kgab

Three more bronzes will be installed along Capitol Avenue in downtown Cheyenne Wednesday, the city announced Tuesday.
The pieces – “Norma’s Calf” by Rich Haines, “Dakota Wind” by Martha Pettigrew, and “Promise of the Prairie” by George Lundeen – are the second in a series of 28 bronzes that will eventually be installed on the corners of Capitol Avenue from the Cheyenne Depot to the Wyoming State Capitol.
The first three bronzes –“My Red Tricycle” by Rich Haines, “In Good Hands” by Robin Laws, and “Mittens” by Chris Navarro – were installed on Oct. 28.
The bronzes are in honor of the history and heritage of the people of Cheyenne and Wyoming and depict images of the American West, its people, and wildlife.
All bronzes are generously donated by private individuals and families as their gift to the city and the state.
For more information on the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project or how to donate a bronze, please contact Harvey Deselms at [email protected] or Nathaniel Trelease at [email protected]
“My Red Tricycle” by Rich Haines
Placement: Southeast corner of 19th Street
Dedication: A gift of Dixie and Tom Roberts in honor of those in our community who support youth.
“In Good Hands” by Robin Laws
Placement: Southeast corner of 21st Street
Dedication: A gift of Nathaniel T. Trelease in memory of his mother Ceralia Solis and her lifetime of giving to family, neighborhood, and community.
“Mittens” by Chris Navarro
Placement: Southeast corner of 17th Street
Dedication: A gift of Susan and Doug Samuelson in honor of the historic Warren Ranch, its founder, and those who have worked it since 1847.
“Norma’s Calf” by Rich Haines
Placement: Northeast corner of 17th Street
Dedication: Harvey Deselms opened his art gallery, Deselms Fine Art & Custom Framing in June of 1993 and has been an advocate for art in public places ever since. He has had a part in several sculptures around town and believes that sculpture helps build a pride of place feeling for the locals and offers visitors a glimpse at Wyoming’s history, culture, and art scene. Deselms and his siblings wanted to be a part of the project and honor the memory of their parents Kenneth and Norma. Norma took sculptor Rich Haines around the family ranch to show him her favorite calf, thus the title of the piece.
“Dakota Wind” by Martha Pettigrew
Placement: Southwest corner of 16th Street
Dedication: The bronze is being gifted to Cheyenne by Jim and Phyllis O'Connor, who have lived in Cheyenne since 1977. Jim is retired from the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Phyllis is retired from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. They are pleased to be part of the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project and hope it will bring much joy to all who visit downtown Cheyenne. They have donated “Dakota Wind” to honor all people who have lived in Wyoming.
“Promise of the Prairie” by George Lundeen
Placement: Northeast corner of 22nd Street
Dedication: Dr. Bob Prentice was a pediatrician at the Cheyenne Children’s Clinic for more than 45 years. Dr. Sandra Surbrugg is a dermatologist at the Cheyenne Skin Clinic. They are longtime sponsors of the arts, the Cheyenne Symphony, LCCC, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. They think the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project will add beauty and historical interest to Cheyenne’s downtown district. They chose the “Promise of the Prairie” because they want to honor the families of Wyoming who took a chance for the promise and hope of a better life.