Legends of the West
  Judy Osburn
  National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Artist's Description

I was commissioned by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to create a design to showcase the various aspects of their Museum. Inspiration for the design came from the recognizable objects in the Museum such as Remington's bronze of the "Bronco Buster", the "End of the Trail", and Tom Byan's mural of running horses on the outside of the building. The cowboy culture is represented by the late 1800's tooled tapadero saddle, the white silhouette of the "black cowboy with saddle" that appears in the Cowboy Gallery. The Rodeo is illustrated by the bucking bronc and rider and the symbol of the cowgirl bronc rider placed low on the back right leg.
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The native American culture is represented by the beaded Lakota blanket design along the side and on the head of the buffalo, the women's frame saddle with its intricate bead work on the upper part and the stirrup, and the running buffalo which were so important to the Native Americans. The "Silver Screen Cowboys" and the "John Wayne" movie reel take us back to the "west as it was" through the legends of the motion picture world. All elements of the design are tied together with the lariat.

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.