Cheryl Lockstone & B. Williamson
  Rotary Club 29

Artist's Description

"Harris" is sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. He was named after the founding father of Rotary International, Paul P. Harris. The Rotarian motto is "Service Above Self" with its mission expanding beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members, to contributing to communities in need. During the 95 years of service to the Oklahoma City community the Downtown Rotary Club has provided generous financial and hands-on support to many different organizations.

Ella C. Deloria, a member of the Dakota Tribe, once said that "The Dakota understood the meaning of self-sacrifice, perhaps because their legends taught them that the buffalo, on which their very life depended, gave itself voluntarily that they might live." With those words in mind we wanted Harris to reflect the generous spirit of Rotary. He is painted blue and gold to reflect the organizations
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colors. The Rotary Emblem is branded on his hip,and is also hanging from a chain around his neck.

Shades of blue, gold and bronze acrylic were applied to Harris. The base color was painted on, followed by thin acrylic glazes that were hand rubbed onto his body. Interference paints were also used to give subtle shading, depending on the light and the viewer's angle.

The base on which he stands also has the Rotary Seal. A strand of gold glitter behind his heel symbolizes the many lives and organizations that the Downtown Rotary Club has touched in its 95 years of service.

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.