ANCIENT DIGNITY

Mark Fischer's avatar Mark Fischer

Honoring Native American history and culture in the Great Lakes region, my copper sculpture symbolizes the evolution of both the bison and the people. Researching the old native copper culture of Wisconsin and Michigan, I found out that bones from the extinct Bison Occidentalis, were found with a hammered copper pike (spear) in northern Wisconsin. I began work creating this "maquette" sized sculpture with thoughts of one day creating a life sized version. It is embellished with the Iroquois wampum belt representing the Great Law of Peace- written by Iroquois women and the foundation of our US Constitution. The other symbols represent the Medicine Wheel and the Thunders (Grandfathers) who are very loud and bring the rain to Mother Earth. A hand-wrought, cut copper assemblage was welded in both copper wire and hard silver solder using oxy/acetylene gas and then mounted onto a natural stone. Each strand of "wool" was welded on one at a time, trimmed, and then styled.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 9in
  • Medium: SCULPTURE
  • Width: 13in
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 11in