Three more Capitol Avenue bronzes will be installed on Wednesday

Three more bronzes will be installed along Capitol Avenue in downtown Cheyenne on Wednesday, the city announced Tuesday.

The pieces – “Norma’s Calf” by Rich Haines, “Dakota Wind” by Martha Pettigrew and “Promise of the Prairie” by George Lundeen – are the second in a series of 28 bronzes that will eventually be installed on the corners of Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne Depot at the Wyoming State Capitol.

The first three bronzes – “My Red Tricycle” by Rich Haines, “In Good Hands” by Robin Laws and “Mittens” by Chris Navarro – were installed on October 28th.

The bronzes pay homage to the history and heritage of the people of Cheyenne and Wyoming and represent images of the American West, its people and its wildlife.

All bronzes are generously donated by individuals and families as gifts to the city and state.

For more information on the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project or how to donate bronze, please contact Harvey Deselms at [email protected] or Nathaniel Trelease at [email protected]


Rich Haines’ “My Red Tricycle”

Location: Southeast corner of 19th Street

Dedication: A gift from Dixie and Tom Roberts in honor of members of our community who support youth.


“In good hands” by Robin Laws

Location: Southeast corner of 21st Street

Dedication: A gift from Nathaniel T. Trelease in memory of his mother Ceralia Solis and her life of giving to family, neighborhood and community.


“Mittens” by Chris Navarro

Location: Southeast corner of 17th Street

Dedication: A gift from Susan and Doug Samuelson in honor of historic Warren Ranch, its founder and those who have operated it since 1847.


Rich Haines’ “Norma’s Calf”

Location: northeast corner of 17th Street

Dedication: Harvey Deselms opened his art gallery, Deselms Fine Art & Custom Framing in June 1993 and has been an advocate for art in public places ever since. He has participated in several sculptures in the city and believes the sculpture helps create a sense of pride for the locals and offers visitors a glimpse into Wyoming’s history, culture and art scene. Deselms and his siblings wanted to be a part of the project and honor the memory of their parents Kenneth and Norma. Norma took sculptor Rich Haines to the family ranch to show him her favorite calf, hence the title of the play.


“Dakota Wind” by Martha Pettigrew

Location: Southwest corner of 16th Street

Dedication: The bronze is presented to Cheyenne by Jim and Phyllis O’Connor, who have lived in Cheyenne since 1977. Jim is retired from the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Phyllis is retired from the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. They are happy to be a part of the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project and hope it brings great joy to everyone who visits downtown Cheyenne. They donated “Dakota Wind” to honor all of the people who lived in Wyoming.


“The Promise of the Prairie” by George Lundeen

Location: Northeast corner of 22nd Street

Dedication: Dr. Bob Prentice was a pediatrician at the Cheyenne Children’s Clinic for over 45 years. Dr Sandra Surbrugg is a dermatologist at the Cheyenne Skin Clinic. They are long-time sponsors of the arts, the Cheyenne Symphony, the LCCC, and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. They believe the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project will add beauty and historical interest to downtown Cheyenne. They chose the “Prairie Promise” because they want to honor the families in Wyoming who have tried their luck for the promise and hope of a better life.

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