B R Pettit Collection
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- Dance of the Yellow Apron
This piece of mountain man art captures the celebratory spirit of the historic mountain men rendezvous. This limited edition bronze sculpture is mounted on a black marble base which swivels on a beautiful solid oak pedestal. In "The Dance of the Yellow Apron," the motion of the mountain men’s dancing feet and linked arms caught is amplified as the viewer turns the bronze piece to experience each delightful detail.
- Ole Bill
A favorite of President Ronald Reagan, this historically-accurate piece of mountain man art was displayed prominently in the Oval Office throughout the duration of his term. The mountain man sculpture then made its way to the west coast where it was displayed in the Ronald Reagan living quarters. That bronze statue by Arizona artist Bill Pettit is currently in the collection of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (reference number 1985.00359.01.)
- Elk Tracker
Bronze bust of bearded mountain man on oak base. This piece of mountain man art was featured in a 2009 Sedona Red Rock News article. The western art motif is carried through many of Arizona artist B R Pettit's bronze sculptures. Pettit created mountain man artwork in his hometown of Williams, AZ located near the Grand Canyon.
- Pilgrim's Wishes
Pilgrim's Wishes is a bronze sculpture depicting a mountain man pulling in the chains of his trap. The mountain man is surprised to find the beaver of his dreams. Mountain Man Bronzes by B R Pettit often symbolize the struggle of life and death in the untamed West. The poem "Remembering Mountain Men" by William Stafford is an uncanny description of Pilgrim's Wishes by the Arizona artist.
- William Sherley Williams
B R Pettit was an Arizonan artist who is best known for his bronze sculptures including the monumental statue entitled "William Shirley Williams" of Ole Bill Williams that stands as a sentinel to "The Gateway for the Grand Canyon" in Williams, AZ. Unveiled by Senator Barry Goldwater in 1981, the eight-foot tall monument of the mountain man, for whom Williams, AZ was named, has become a Route 66 icon. Limited editions of B R Pettit's mountain man artwork are available for sale through Mountain Man Bronzes by B R Pettit.
- Old Bill Williams
This mountain man statue was used as the mockette for the William Sherley Williams monument that was erected by the city of Williams, AZ in 1981. The monumental mountain man art stands as a sentinnel to the Gateway of the Grand Canyon. Arizona artist B R Pettit created "Old Bill Williams" as a proto-type to the eight-foot tall mountain man monument made at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) foundry. Mountain Man Bronzes by B R Pettit is making thie bronze sculpture available for sale to the public in a limited edition.
- Aztec Calendar
Sacred Aztec Calendar is a bronze sculpture offered by Mountain Man Bronzes by B R Pettit. The ancient Aztec Calendar depicts the 'day counter' used by ancient Aztecs. Arizona artist B R Pettit worked from his studio in Williams, AZ, the Gateway of the Grand Canyon. There stands his monumental bronze sculpture entitled "Williams Shirley Williams" the mountain man for whom the small Arizona mountain town is named.
Thought by some B R Pettit collectors to be his best work, Sacrifice is a bold statement of respect for the indigenous Native American culture that perhaps represented Pettit's own struggle for life. Human sacrifice was made by Aztecs to repay their debts to the Sun gods. The Aztec calendar measured days by watching Venus' relationship to the sun and the stars. Although the bronze sculpture seems to be influenced by renown Western artist Charles M. Russell, that opinon can not be authenticated.
Mountain Man Bronzes by B R Pettit presents work by B R Pettit, an Arizonan artist who is
best known for his monumental statue entitled "Ole Bill Williams." The monument stands as a sentinel to "The
Gateway for the Grand Canyon" in Williams, AZ. The eight-foot tall statue of the mountain man, for whom Williams,
AZ was named, has become a Route 66 icon.