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A riverside camp scene of the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been selected by an eleven-member committee for a large bronze relief sculpture that will adorn the west wall of the State Senate Chamber in the Capitol in Helena.

The image was selected by a committee that included former state senators, representatives from the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, Montana Historical Society staff and representatives from the Society's Board of Trustees.

Eugene Daub, who is a fellow of the National Sculpture Society and is one of the leading classical relief artists in the nation, submitted the concept that was selected for the project authorized in legislation introduced by Sen. Duane Grimes, R-Clancy, last session.

"The Legislature wanted to have an artistic gem in the Chamber depicting the Lewis and Clark Expedition that wuold be a lasting legacy of the Bicentennial commemoration. This also fulfills the goals of the Bicentennial Commission," Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.

"Bas Relief" or relief sculpture is essentially scuplture that is flat on one side so it can be affixed to a wall somewhat as a mural would be. Daub has his work in numerous public collections including The Smithsonian Institute, United States Capitol, the British Museum, and the Helsinki Art Museum.

The 17-feet-by-8-feet relief sculpture will be installed on the wall of the Sentate Chamber behind the speakers' rostrum.

The title of Daub's work is "We Proceeded On," and it will depict a typical riverside camp "brimming with activity" anticipating the challenges awaiting the Corps of Discovery.

The bas relief includes the figures of Sacajawea, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the men of the crew representing "the teamwork and monumental effort" that epitomizes the expedition.

Nineteen artists entered concepts for the Senate Lewis and Clark relief sculpture and six finalists presented their concepts to the multi-member review committee, which selected Daub for the contract.

Plans call for the bas relief to be completed by the summer of 2005 so that it can be dedicated as part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemoration.

Smaller bronze models of the sculpture, as well as less expensive medallions based on the sculpture, will be cast and sold in a limited edition to pay for the creation and installation of the major art work in the Senate Chamber. No state funds will support the project. Organizations or persons interested in the limited eiditons of the small bronze relief or the medallions can contact the Montana Historical Society at (406) 444-4706.



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For more information please contact:
Montana Historical Society
P.O. Box 201201
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620-1201
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