Nina and Judith Dousman

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture | 2 comments

Nina and Judith Dousman

Judith and Nina Dousman This sculpture’s theme was chosen by the artist to capture a likely moment of time in free childhood that counterbalances the often serious and sometimes tragic concerns of adult figures represented in the series. In fact, the children themselves were not to be immune from future tragedy. Born in 1880, Nina Dousman was the second-to-youngest daughter of Nina Sturgis Dousman and Louis Dousman. In late summer, 1894, 14-year-old Nina had an accident with a curling iron and alcohol lamp that resulted in her being fatally burned. Judith was the youngest daughter, born in...

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Louis Joliet

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture | 0 comments

Louis Joliet

Louis Joliet (AKA Jolliet) was born in about 1645 in the area of Quebec. His early life consisted of musical studies and preparations for the Catholic priesthood in the Jesuit tradition. He did not enter the priesthood but left seminary work to pursue fur trading and geographic scholarship. His name is often associated with Jacques Marquette during their missionary explorations of the Mississippi (derived from Native Mesipi) River. Their expedition, among other things, was intended to discover water routes that might connect the Gulf of Mexico with a northern route to the Pacific and thereby...

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Jacques Marquette

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture | 1 comment

Jacques Marquette

Jacques Marquette, which may be recalled from 5th to 8th grade history lessons, is recognized as one of the first European explorers to visit the Mississippi River valley north of the Arkansas, up into Wisconsin. He and Louis Joliet have been recognized as the “discoverers” of the Confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, near Prairie du Chien Wisconsin, even though many Native and other travelers had tread that ground previously since the earliest human inhabitants. His figure is slated one day to be represented by a life-size bronze at the Mississippi River Sculpture...

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Mastodon Hunter

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture | 0 comments

Mastodon Hunter

Mastodon hunters are known to be around since at least the last Ice Age. Evidence of their being on the continent consists, for example, of a recent find in the Upper Mississippi near the Wisconsin of a mastodon skeleton with a flint tool among its bones. This sculpture is currently available as approximately 1/4 to 1/5 scale representative of the life size bronze, which is planned for future casting.     Share this:FacebookLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like...

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Black Hawk

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture | 0 comments

Black Hawk

Black Hawk, a life size bronze statue in the Mississippi River Sculpture Park, is one of five life size bronze statues installed as phase one of this developing sculpture park.     Share this:FacebookLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like...

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First Ladies by Florence Bird

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Florence Bird Sculpture, Special Projects | 0 comments

First Ladies by Florence Bird

My interest in our common history has led me to learn more about our nation’s First Ladies.  These clay maquettes, approximately 1/4 life size are made for future bronze casting.  Each of these first First Ladies added her special attributes and abilities to our cultural identity.  “Remember the ladies” Please contact me for the most recent news and updates. Name(required) Email(required) Website Comment(required)             Share this:FacebookLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like...

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