Bert D. Seabourne
  Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Artist's Description


Bruce was a long time employee of the Great Plains Bottling Company who died recently. The Company wanted to use the name Bruce, instead of the "Shards of the Great Plains" in remembrance of him...

Instead of using paint for the buffalo, I chose to collage the entire surface with small pieces (like pottery shards) of Coca-Cola advertising material. The word "Coke or Coca-Cola is never used but with the colors etc. used, there is no doubt. Originally, pieces of Coke cans were to be collaged, but a problem occurred with the pieces not staying
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on the surface. Forty-two hundred cans had been collected and were ready, but was returned to the Coke Bottling Company.

In my senior years, the color red has been very prominent in most of my paintings. Red, white with touches of yellow and blace make up the color scheme for the Buffalo, named Bruce. In my collage, I have used the advertising design to the best of my ability.

Bruce is a five and one half foot tall and eight feet long sculpted advertising billboard... plus being a beautiful piece of art.

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.