Texas sculptor, Edd Hayes has recieved the honor of being named by The Texas Legislature as The Official Texas State Sculptor. The honor was bestowed, based on the scope of the artist's total work along with attention to his portrayal of the history and rich heritage of Texas. Other factors include the artists' involvement with community , civic and charitable organizations. Hayes is best known for his monumental sculpture such as "Wild and Free" at the Houston Astrodome and "The Champ" in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado.
"The Champ" Monumental Bronze Rodeo Sculpture
Monumental: 27 ft tall
edition. 1 of 1
|Installed in August 1989, in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.
Action portrait of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs on the famous saddle bronc, Necktie.
At the dedication ceremonies, Casey's first words were "Thank you Edd Hayes for making me look good, hell, I was good!"
Casey died of cancer a few months later.
Before the bronze was finished, inside Casey's chest,
Hayes installed a bronze heart inscribed with the words, "Ride Cowboy Ride"!
|World Champion Cowboy, Casey Tibbs, was to Rodeo what Babe Ruth was to Baseball! He was the first superstar of Rodeo and he was pivotal in Pro Rodeo becoming an acknowledged sport, instead of just a show or a spectacle. Casey not only won nine World Titles in ProRodeo, he was a great American character as well, playing practical jokes on his fellow rodeo cowboys and others. Many of the National Magazines such as: The Saturday Evening Post and Playboy, ran articles on him and he appeared on the front cover of the October 22, 1951 LIFE Magazine, along with a lengthy article.|
"Creative versatility" best describes this internationally collected master of the sculpted form. A specialist in the planning, design, creation and installation of Life-size and Monumental bronze sculpture.
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