In 1902 "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West show came to San Francisco for a week-long performance. During their stay a photographer posed Cody (mounted, front center) and over 100 members of his troupe on San Francisco's Ocean Beach. (The Cliff House in the far right background burned down in 1907.)
Cody and his "show" traveled extensively across America and Europe during the late 1880's, performing from Madison Square Gardens in New York, to setting up their tipis in Rome's Coliseum and performing for the crowned heads of many European countries.
Now noted western artist, Thom Ross, in his distinctive style, is going to recreate this famous 1902 photograph on the exact site where the photograph was taken 106 years ago. Using life- size plywood cutouts, painted in a rainbow of colors, Ross will install over 100 figures on the morning of September 5, 2008.
Twice voted "Best Living Contemporary Western Artist" by TRUE WEST Magazine (2005, 2008) Ross has done similar environmental installations of Willie Mays making his famous catch in the 1954 World Series (mounted on the exact spot where he had caught the ball 50 years ago to the day,) and "Custer's Last Stand" which included 200 life-size figures of soldiers and Indians locked in mortal combat and mounted at Medicine Tail Coulee on the actual Little Bighorn Battlefield.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Sausalito, Ross, who now makes his home in Seattle, shows in various galleries throughout the West and with Gunnar Nordstrom in Kirkland.
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