Purdue Veterinary Medicine Sponsors Bison-tennial Bison Sculpture

Artist Elizabeth Lincourt painted Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s BISON-tennial bison sculpture entitled, 'Guardians of the Bond,' as well as a second sculpture for another sponsor, in the garage at her home in West Lafayette.  The finished design includes animal tracks superimposed on a rural Indiana scene.
Artist Elizabeth Lincourt painted Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Bison-tennial bison sculpture entitled, "Guardians of the Bond," as well as a second sculpture for another sponsor, in the garage at her home in West Lafayette. The finished design includes animal tracks superimposed on a rural Indiana scene.

As part of Indiana's bicentennial celebration, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a Bison-tennial bison sculpture. It is one of five in Tippecanoe County and will be displayed May 6 through December 11 on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

The five-foot-tall, eight-foot-long fiberglass sculpture, painted by West Lafayette artist Elizabeth Lincourt, will be placed at the corner of Oval Drive and State Street, across from Stone Hall.  The location will be along the route of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on October 12 when the relay comes through Tippecanoe County. Purdue University engineering students designed the torch.

The sculpture, which will stand on a two-foot-tall fiberglass base, will be moved to a permanent location near the College of Veterinary Medicine after December 11.  "Sponsoring a Bison-tennial sculpture provides the College of Veterinary Medicine with an important engagement opportunity, especially in light of Purdue University’s prominent place in Indiana history, as the state’s Land Grant institution," said Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed. "As beautifully painted by the artist, our Bison sculpture provides a fitting opportunity to showcase the importance of the human-animal bond and our College’s role as the 'Guardians of the Bond.'"  The artist’s design features a rural Indiana scene with animal tracks superimposed along with several words from the "Veterinarian’s Oath" and the message, "We’re all on this path together." 

The artist nicknamed the sculpture "Max."  Dean Reed said, "Situated prominently in the center of campus, Max will provide a beautiful landmark signifying the intertwined history of people and animals in Indiana and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s role in protecting, promoting and advancing the human-animal bond."

PVM sponsored bison 'Max' at the Tippecanoe County Bison-tennial Bison unvailing on Thursday, May 5 in Downton Lafayette.
The PVM sponsored Bison-tennial Bison, nicknamed “Max,” was displayed Thursday, May 5, in downtown Lafayette at an unveiling ceremony for the five Tippecanoe County bison sculptures.

The Indiana Association of United Ways, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is coordinating the Bison-tennial Public Art Project. The project aims to help celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday by decorating and displaying fiberglass bison with the goal of at least one – if not a herd – of bison on display in each of Indiana's 92 counties.  Bison were abundant until about 1800 in large portions of the Indiana Territory, according to the book "Early Indiana: Trails and Surveys," by George R. Wilson. A bison is featured prominently in Indiana's state seal. Click here to view a complete news release.

Purdue Veterinary Medicine has been associated with sculptures and other pieces of art in the past. Most notably, the large bronze sculpture, Continuum, by artist Larry Anderson, was dedicated in 2000.  Then, in 2009, as part of the College's 50th anniversary celebration, the College and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette sponsored the "Dog Days of Summer," in which more than 40 dog sculptures were painted by artists and displayed from May to September in downtown Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus. Two of those sculptures are part of a collection of art in Lynn Hall.  That collection also includes an art installation, "Rockette the Circus Bear," that the College received last fall; a dog sculpture given by the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) for the College’s 50th anniversary; and several paintings by the College's faculty, staff and students.


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