CTHM welcomes bronze cowboy statue
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Dating back to 2017, Robert Oliver has been interested in bringing one of Buck McCain’s bronze cowboys to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum (CTHM). Upon visiting the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona last fall, Oliver was ready to make it a reality. Last Wednesday, May 13, it was officially unveiled at CTHM.
“I’m not gonna pass it up again,” Oliver recalled of seeing one of McCain’s bronze cowboys in Scottsdale.
Only the second piece of bronze artwork in Cuero, it arrived in town two months ago. It sat inside the museum for several weeks before a brick mason was able to make its platform outside.
Originally a pre-med student in college, McCain soon discovered his love of art while taking a humanities class. He currently resides in southern Arizona where he continues to paint and sculpt. His concept of the cowboy is derived from his experience as a cattle rancher in southern California, as stated with his bronze cowboy.
“I’m really excited,” Oliver said of this new piece. “Not only will it draw attention to the museum, but it’s public art. I’d love to see Cuero have more examples of public art. The mural program is part of that. I think it helps to invigorate a community, make it unique. I’m real proud that we have it.”
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