On Friday, two installations are planned for the Capitol Avenue Bronze project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) – A pair of new bronzes will be installed this week as part of the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project. Both installations will take place on Friday, January 28 at the northwest corner of Capitol Ave. and 22nd St. as well as 22nd St. between Capitol Ave. and Central Ave. This is the third series of bronzes to be installed since the project was announced. in fall 2021. The Capitol Avenue Bronze Project aims to place a bronze statue on each corner of Capitol Avenue, from the renovated Union Pacific train depot on Lincolnway to the Wyoming Capitol building – 28 statues in total. The bronzes are in honor of the history and heritage of the people of Cheyenne and Wyoming and depict images of the American West, its people and wildlife. All bronzes are generously donated by individuals and families as gifts to the city and state.

The bronzes to be placed on Friday consist of:

“Garden Angel” by Julie Jones Denkers

Placement: 22nd St. between Capitol Ave. and Central Ave.

Devotion: Donated by John Lee, Amanda Lee and Chris Lee in memory of their wife and mother, Jacqueline Lee.

“As a family, we wanted to offer a meaningful tribute to our devoted and loving wife and mother, Jackie Lee. This statue, Garden Angel, will not only pay homage to him, but will add beauty to the city in the heart of historic downtown Cheyenne. We wanted to put a smile on someone’s face, a piece of lasting history, and a fitting keepsake.

“Aviator” by George Lundeen

Placement: Northwest corner of Capitol Ave. and 22nd St.

Devotion: “Aviator”, a piece created by renowned sculptor George Lundeen, is a gift from Ed and Caren Murray in honor of Wyoming’s airmail pilots. Both Ed and Caren are multi-generational Cheyenne natives and lifelong supporters of the city’s development. Status is especially important to the family because Ed’s grandfather and great-uncle were airmail pilots who flew the venerable “Iron Compass.” In the early years of aviation, pilots used railroad tracks (aka the iron compass) to navigate to their destinations.

For more information about the project or how to donate bronze, please contact Harvey Deselms at [email protected] or Nathaniel Trelease at [email protected] or visit www.CapitolAvenueBronze.org. The Capitol Avenue Bronze project was publicly announced at a press conference on October 4, 2021 by Mayor Patrick Collins, Nathaniel Trelease and Harvey Deselms.

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