'Of Stone And Steel' Western Sculpture

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'Of Stone And Steel' western sculpture by Steve Miller and Montana Silversmiths. 11.5" long x 7.5" wide x 9" tall.

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Steve Miller, Sculptor
It was not uncommon for Native American teenage boys to travel great distances to visit relatives of northern or southern bands of their people, often hundreds of miles away. Many times they stayed out for two or three years at a time. During this time they would seek honor, and wives, by joining bands of older warriors on horse stealing raids, buffalo hunts, or even out-right war against enemy tribes.

In “Of Stone and Steel” I have tried to re-create the moment when a young Cheyenne, having gone north two summers ago, is returning home to his own tribe. He could not have known that during his absence the Trans Continental Railroad had cut mercilessly across the land with timber and track from horizon to horizon, racing to meet the east bound Pacific crew.

As I began the foundation work on this piece I could not help but feel the great emotion felt by this young man, alone on the prairie, as he sees for the first time in his life, the endless black ribbon, stretching across the land as far as he can see, from the place where the sun rises to the place where it sleeps at night. It seems to be without beginning or end. It is beyond his ability to fathom. Had he not just passed this way, to him, a short time ago? What beast is this slithering across the land? Is it evil? Would it kill him? His mind races as he watches for a long time, the fearsome, but unmoving mystery. Is he somehow lost, or dreaming, or both?

Finally he approaches; he must, his horse is uneasy, and needs prodding as he cautiously rides closer and closer. Calling on all the courage of a new warrior, he dismounts, slowly squats down, and with a deep anxiety and bewilderment that is almost reverent, taps the steel track before him with his small stone arrowhead.

He peers down its endless length to the place where the sky sits on the earth, tapping, listening, but only the haunting moan of the insatiable prairie wind answers, as it hurries the sound away to places he cannot know or imagine, much less understand.

“Of Stone and Steel” is the story of two great cultures, one of stone, one of steel, destined to collide, the impact will forever change the lives and history of both nations.

— Each original sculpture - like the Of Stone And Steel sculpture - is composed using Montana Silversmiths proprietary process, "Montana Bronze", using blends of fine resins with the addition of pure pewter and bronze. The beautiful finish is the result of hand-applied patinas and metallic paint, carefully matched to accent all of the subtle detail of the artwork.

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