Today’s photo isn’t about food, but it was food that brought me to the site of this gorgeous bronze statue. I had a fabulous dinner with friends last Saturday evening at a new steakhouse located in the renovated Camelback Inn and Resort. The restaurant was BLT and if you are a local reader, I highly recommend it. The steak was superb and the service was, in a word, brilliant.
This lovely bronze statue stands at the entrance to the Camelback Inn and from the inscription, I learned that it was created by renowned artist and sculptor Dave McGary. This statue is the 4th casting of a statue that was commissioned by a committee that included members of the Washakie family. One of the three original castings is in the permanent collection of the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
Chief Washakie was chief of the Shashones for more than 60 years who was a skilled orator who spoke French, English and a number of Indian languages. Upon his death at the age of 102, he was given a full military funeral, the only one known to be given to an Indian Chief.
I recognized the name of Dave McGary as an artist that my sister brought to my attention after she visited his studio in New Mexico. I talked her into posting a photo from there, so stop by her site at Prescott Area Daily Photo to see another amazing piece of art from this very talented artist.