BARTLETT, Neb. — World-renowned western artist Herb Mignery will be in his hometown of Bartlett this month to talk about each of the bronze sculptures he donated to Wheeler County.
In 2002, Mignery donated “Silent Leather,” a life-size statue of a man on a horse.
About $32,000 was raised to mount it on a pedestal and landscape the area on the lawn of the old Wheeler County Courthouse, now the Wheeler County Museum, in Bartlett.
Last year, he donated 12 smaller, 14- to 20-inch statues that were placed on 4-foot pedestals around the larger statue. Another $10,000 was raised to put those on display.
“It is the largest outdoor, permanent bronze display in Nebraska,” said Bob Nichols, Mignery's good friend.
With Barlett's 117 people, Nichols joked, “We've got more bronzes per capita than anybody.”
Mignery will be at the dedication ceremony for the statues, at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, and will tell the story behind each piece.