Denny Haskew's Strength of the Maker has been installed in the City of Cerritos Sculpture Garden. Additional landscaping will enhance the bronze sculpture placement. But it already looks like a good home in our minds. Special thanks to Advanced Aquatics and Capital Crane for the wonderful installation work, and to Shipper's Supply for getting the artwork there safely. Click here to see a video of the installation.
Winner of 5 Best of Show Awards; ”Strength of the Maker, right from its title…to the strength shown even in the toes, is a statement on how I view my very inner belief.” -DH
Only one casting remains in the limited edition of 21. Click here to purchase.
Other prominent placements of the edition include: National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution in DC; the Gilcrease Museum, OK; the Barona Band of Mission Indians, CA; and the Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum, Bastian, VA; Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; District Courthouse, Flagstaff, AZ; City of Grand Junction, CO; Canyon City, CO; and major private collections throughout the US.
The National Sculptors’ Guild installed 18 public art placements in 2020, truly a triumph for the challenges we all faced in the year.
We are excited to have several new projects set to install in 2021 that we will be sharing in the near future.
Our 2020 public art placements are... (click titles to learn more)
My Heart is in Your Hands, Jane DeDecker, Downey, CA
Homeward/Monarch, Joe Norman, Downey, CA
Mock Orange, Michael Warrick, Whittier, CA
Time, Carol Gold, Bend, OR
Between the Lines, Jane DeDecker, Loveland, CO
Leaps and Bounds, Daniel Glanz, Brighton, CO
Sweet Dreams & Grassland Trio, Daniel Glanz, Brighton, CO
Mockingbird Tree, Michael Warrick, Southlake, TX
On a Roll, Jack Hill, Downey, CA
From a Different Perspective, Jane DeDecker, Downey, CA
Infinite Dance, Carol Gold, Downey, CA
Tree of Life, Clay Enoch, Downey, CA
Burro Trio, Jane DeDecker, Southlake, TX
Bamboo, Tim Cotterill (The Frogman), Joplin, MO
Keeping the Ball Rolling, Jane DeDecker, Edmond, OK
On a Roll, Jack Hill, Edmond, OK
Rev. Pond, Denny Haskew, Shakopee, MN
Tried and True, Gary Alsum, Edmond, OK
We've now placed 530 public art monuments since 1992!
Special thanks to all the people that helped make these placements happen, from fabrication to transport and installation, everyone pulled together in a time we had to stay apart.
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Installed early this morning in Minnesota, “Rev. Pond” by NSG Charter member Denny Haskew for their new historic trail in Shakopee.
We are always honored to work with Shakopee, Minnesota. We've had the great fortune of placing important artwork with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 2004. This sculpture is part of the city’s latest endeavor, a cultural corridor emphasizing shared history of Native people and early settlers.
NSG Public Art Placement 529...
Thanks @high five erectors for the great crane work!
Art Castings of Colorado for another beautiful bronze, and the City of Shakopee, Minnesota for the commissioned placement.
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8/22/2020: The sculpture has been cast in bronze and awaits a safe time to ship and install.
1/10/2019: We are always honored to work with Shakopee, Minnesota. We've had the great fortune of placing important artwork with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 2004. The next sculpture that the National Sculptors' Guild will be a part of is a portrait of Rev. Samuel William Pond by NSG Fellow Denny Haskew to be placed on a new historic trail drawing visitors to ancient sites along the Minnesota River that the city is developing.
Shakopee envisions a cultural corridor emphasizing shared history of Native people and early settlers.
Though Native people had been present in the area for millennia, Chief Sakpe II’s village was first observed by settlers in the 1820s. Drawn to the springs nearby, Europeans settled in the Dakota village called Tinta-otonwe. In the 1840s Rev. Samuel Pond arrived to do missionary work among the Dakota. He compiled the first dictionary of the Dakota language.
Update 2/3/2020: The metal has been poured at Art Castings of Colorado, it will next be pieced back together, metal chased and onto patina.
Update 9/15/2019: The clay enlargement has been sculpted by Denny in his studio and approved by the city. Next it will be molded, then casting into bronze at Art Castings of Colorado.
Update 1/10/2019: Denny has started working through the composition in a clay sketch and will begin sculpting the enlargement this Winter/Spring.
Update 12/6/2018: The Legacy Project is our 500th Public Art Placement!
More elements and finish work has been going in since placing the sculpture. We anticipate a great celebration once the plaza of The Foundry opens to the public.
Update 11/20/2018: We were downtown completing the installation this afternoon.
The bronze is in! "Reaching Our Goal" by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild is the final element to go in of The Rotary Club of Thompson Valley's Legacy Project at The Foundry
The Legacy Project is the National Sculptors’ Guild’s 500th Public Art Placement!
We are so excited to be celebrating this moment in Loveland, Colorado where we've been headquartered since 1992.
We have donated our portion of the project back to the placement to give back to the community that has supported us through the years.
Update 11/16/2018: Today was a huge step in the installation of The Legacy Project. Over 68,000 lbs of Dakota sandstone was craned into the site and set by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild. Next week the final stone and bronze element will be placed.
The Rotary Club of Thompson Valley's "Legacy Project" will activate the plaza of The Foundry, a new development that is transforming Loveland's historic downtown. The installation includes "Reaching Our Goal" bronze sculpture by National Sculptors' Guild Charter Member Denny Haskew
Update 11/14/2018: Our 500th Public Art Placement is going in this week! Stay tuned to our social media posts for updates. We're so excited that we're celebrating this moment in Loveland, CO where we've been headquartered since 1992. #FullCircle
Pictured to the left is the top stone being drilled at Art Castings of Colorado where the bronze was cast. The bronze is cast and ready for patina.
The other stone monoliths are being loaded to deliver to the site. The installation will take a couple of days of craning in 34 tons of stone. The bronze is scheduled to go in next Tuesday to finish it off. #ReachingOurGoal
Update 10/15/2018: The metal has been poured, time to put the pieces back together.
Pictured is artist Denny Haskew at Art Castings of Colorado where the bronze is being cast.
Update 8/23/18: Appropriately so, the National Sculptors' Guild anticipates this placement, which we are contributing our share to, to be our 500th public art monumental placement. What better place for such a milestone than in our backyard.
We are happy to share this pivotal moment with Lovelanders:
Denny Haskew - NSG Charter Member
The Rotary Club of Thompson Valley
The Foundry - downtown Loveland's newest development
Art Castings of Colorado - Foundry, since 1972
And all the other talented artists and subcontractors who make our creations come to life for the public to enjoy.
Update 6/5/18: It may not look like much yet, but we have over 60,000 pounds of stone going into this art placement. Many of the sandstone monoliths will be etched with information about the successes of the Rotary Club of Thompson Valley.
This image shows laying out templates in preparation of sandblasting the narrative into one of the stones.
5/15/2018: Columbine Gallery and the National Sculptors' Guild are pleased to team up with the Rotary Club of Thompson Valley on their "Legacy Project" in Loveland, Colorado.
The Legacy Project celebrates the 30th Anniversary (2019) of the Rotary Club of Thompson Valley. The larger-than-life bronze sculpture depicts a woman helping a teenage boy surmount a stone precipice tying into the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Part of this service has been the club's support of Polio Plus, a major contributor to the eradication of Polio world-wide.
"Reaching Our Goal" by NSG Fellow Denny Haskew will be placed in the plaza of The Foundry, a new development that is transforming Loveland's historic downtown, set to open Fall 2018. The art placement will coincide with the opening.
The National Sculptors' Guild designed additional stone elements to activate the plaza and provide area's of recognition to donors and the club's efforts.
We have contributed $50,000 plus design work to the project, our way of giving back to community for all the support we've received over the past 26 years.
Haskew is a renowned figurative artist and a Charter Member of the National Sculptors' Guild. His work is in numerous prestigious collections including the Smithsonian Institution, DC; the Gilcrease Museum, OK; and the Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses of the University of Colorado.
Denny Haskew currently resides in Loveland, Colorado where he is actively engaged in the art industry as a sculptor. He received his degree from the University of Utah, then served two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Having spent numerous years as a guide and ski instructor, Denny has learned to love the rivers and mountains of the western states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. After moving to Loveland, a hub of successful working sculptors, he wasted no time in getting monumental sculpture experience through working with renowned sculptors including Fritz White and Kent Ullberg. Since 1987, Denny has created and placed dozens of monumental compositions; spanning the spectrum of the figurative genre.
Nearly 200 years later, Chief Sakpe is in Shakopee once again.
The city of Shakopee and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community unveiled a statue of the chief in downtown Shakopee on Tuesday.
“We are honored to share this history with our neighbors,” Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charles R. Vig said. “Together we’ve been able to accomplish so much more than we could alone.”
The statue was originally commissioned by the tribe to be displayed at Mystic Lake Hotel Casino. The relief was on one side whereas the full statue of Chief Sakpe and his horse was on the other.
The sculpture "I Once Rode Free" was made by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided a grant for Haskew to restore and install the statue. -view full SW News story by Maggie Stanwood
5/9/18: Installation day. "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild has found it's new home on the deck of CU-Boulder's new Admissions Building, with the most exquisite backdrop of the flat-irons. A true Colorado scene.
4/4/18: The bronze is complete and stainless steel substructure is attached, extensively engineered for a tricky installation on the rooftop patio. Special thanks to Art Castings of Colorado foundry for another beautiful job.
National Sculptors' Guild will install the bronze buffalo "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew in Boulder at CU's new Admissions Building next month.
Order a maquette and keep a piece of CU in your home. click here
12/20/17: Above are images of the casting at Art Castings of Colorado, that are metal chased back together and prepped for patina, then will install in Boulder at the new CU Administration Building next Spring.
8/23/17: The clay has been approved and the buffalo is heading to Art Castings of Colorado to be cast in bronze.
National Sculptors' Guild will install the bronze buffalo "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew in Boulder at CU's new Admissions Building Spring 2018.
Order a maquette and keep a piece of CU in your home. click here
Be on the lookout for more buffalo at CU. We've been commissioned to enlarge Denny Haskew's On Prairie's Edge for the Boulder campus. More images will be posted as the sculpture is finished and installed later this Fall.
The National Sculptors' Guild is pleased to have 3 of our designs selected as the finalists for the 2017 Public Monument installation for a site at the historic Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Kathleen Caricof's ENLIGHTENMENT, Clay Enoch's UNITED, and Denny Haskew's STRENGTH TO ENDURE. The winner will be announced at the Sculpture at the River Market show on Sunday at 3pm.
If you are in Little Rock, please stop by the show to meet the artists and see some phenomenal sculpture from around the country. It's a great opportunity to take a piece home.
We have been fortunate to have worked with this great city since 2004 and have placed over 100 public art pieces in Little Rock, with 6 more monuments in the works for 2016 placements. pictured here for a recent article is Denny Haskew/NSG's "Native Knowledge"
National Sculptors' Guild's sculpture placements continue to enhance the community of Little Rock, AR and have received notice in some recent media articles. Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette article Dec.14, 2015 We encourage you to go visit this culturally rich part of the country and meet the wonderful people we've come to know as friends.
Recent accolades and articles in Little Rock, Arkansas are bringing some of our proudest placements to light. The National Sculptors' Guild is proud to have contributed to this great community with art since 2004! If you haven't visited Little Rock, Go!pictured NSG placements are Jane DeDecker's Patty Cake placed at River Front Park #419, and Denny Haskew's Renewal Ritual placed in 2015 in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden that NSG/JK Design's John Kinkade helped design in 2008 .
Arkansas Business Article Dec. 14, 2015
National Sculptors' Guild charter member Denny Haskew recently completed a bronze depiction of the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield when asked by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to create the tribal shield for display in their beautiful new hotel... JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. We are honored to be a small part of this impressive new space.
Inside the medicine wheel on the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield is a pipe, or canupa, which stands for prayer between man and a higher power. When the tribes gathered, the pipe was smoked in thanks for everyone being together. The buffalo skull, a religious symbol, is part of the altar during the sun dance. The arrow and ax are symbols of bravery. The tipi stands for the meeting tipi for the Dakota tribes. The seven feathers stand for the seven council fires, which make up the Dakota Nation.
Here is NSG fellow Denny Haskew's recent installation of "Strength of the Maker" in Owensboro, Ky. Their program leases artwork for 2 years so that they may raise funds to purchase them for the permanent collection. Denny is pictured with one of our favorite new patrons. Thanks for all you do for the arts Ann! Art appreciators are our favorite kind of people! #PublicArt #kentucky
"Native Knowledge" by National Sculptors' Guild fellow Denny Haskew (a Charter Member) installed in the River Front Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. Designed by Haskew and JK Design's John Kinkade, specific to this site.
The artwork is inspired by, and celebrates, the Native American Cultures of Arkansas: The Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw; the bridges across the Arkansas; the natural beauty of Arkansas and the architecture of Fay Jones.
Three twice life-size bronze representational sculptures are mounted on 6” thick hexagonal buff colored sandstone panels suspended between I-beam arches representing the outline of the dugout canoes of the Osage, Caddo and Quapaw. The bronze sculptures are patinated to match the stone panels giving the appearance of being carved from stone. The back of each panel is etched with a pottery design from each of the three tribes mentioned above.
Courage to Lead by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild was placed in front of Brighton, Colorado's City Hall.
This one and a quarter life-size bronze sculpture was introduced in May of 1993 and won the Western Regional Show, Cheyenne, WY, the People’s Choice Award at Hillside Sculpture Invitational, and the Sculpture Award at the Red Earth Invitational Art Show. In the creation of this artwork, Denny drew upon historical research after being told stories about the Society of the Sacred Arrow. This Society existed among many of the Plains Indian tribes. Among other tribes, the Crow, the Arapaho and the Cheyenne were known to perform the Sacred Arrow Ceremony. The night prior to a raiding party, war party or some equally important event, the tribe would gather around the pow wow circle with much chanting and singing. The members of the Society of the Sacred Arrow would rush out into the center of the ring and collectively shoot arrows straight into the sky. Then with a show of bravery and courage, they would stand still as the falling shafts came back to earth. Each member was unafraid because of his strong belief in his spiritual protection. Their courage and conviction showed that their cause was right and that God was with them. This was a great morale boost to the tribe members in attaining success on the next day’s venture. This display of courage by the members of the Sacred Arrow Society often placed them in the role as leaders of other warriors.It is placed upon Dakota Sandstone taken from the foothills.
The sandstone used was created 70 million years ago. Dakota Sandstone occasionally appears on the plains in jutting outcroppings and bluffs. Plain’s Native Americans used it for structural purposes in religious dwellings. The design team of NSG Fellow Haskew and JK Designs Principal Kinkade has stacked 20 tons of this stone to create the suggestion of such an outcropping. The vertical stone holds a bronze plaque of explanation and commemoration.
Denny Haskew is a Charter Member of the National Sculptors' Guild and one of Loveland's best known artists with his sculptures installed throughout the United States including Alaska, California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, New York, Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina, Illinois and Kentucky. For many years, Haskew maintains a Loveland home-based studio.
Haskew was born in Aurora and went to junior high and high school in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed a bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Utah. Haskew spent much of his early career as a ski instructor at Park City, Utah and was involved in developing ski touring trails in Idaho. He was also a white water river guide in the Grand Canyon. He did carpentry work and made furniture on the side.The talent and desire to become an artist goes back to Haskew's childhood when he carved decoys out of firewood for his father. He then tried his hand at carving shore birds.
His parents moved to Loveland, and Haskew became interested in meeting one of the local artists. His introduction to Fritz White changed his life, and he knew he wanted a career as an artist. He asked White how to get started, and White said, "The old fashion way -- as an apprentice." Haskew quickly asked if he could become White's apprentice and to that, White responded, "I was afraid you would say that." White was a taskmaster often tearing apart what Haskew had started. However despite critical setbacks, Haskew sold his first piece while working for White. After a year, Haskew set up his own studio. With just four pieces, he was accepted into "Sculpture in the Park" held annually in the Benson Park Sculpture Garden.
“I begin with the human figure. Initially, I have no intention of creating an ‘Indian image’, but sometimes the statement comes out stronger that way. Sometimes the opposite is true. Recently, I started to sculpt a Native figure, but it became something else. We’re all human beings inside. We’re all a mixture and will continue to mix until it no longer matters what type of figure is used as long as it makes the strongest statement possible.” see more of Haskew's work here.
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Update 2003-Present: More recent images show nature's changes made to the sculpture's patinas following area wildfires. We wish everyone safety when these unfortunate fires spark up. The beauty of the art, the land, and the people prevail.
Update November 2000: Our design team won the 2000 Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for the Barona Casino Entry!!
THE SDAF ORCHID
Update March 1998: The Barona Band of Mission Indians commissioned the National Sculptors’ Guild to design an entry honoring their living and deceased elders. “The Greeters” was ceremonially blessed and dedicated on March 5, 1998 in Lakeside, California.
The design and creation of this monumental statement took the team over a year to plan and execute. The sculptures were placed in August of 1997, and the environmental sculpture and plantings were finalized in early 1998. This placement follows a previous commission by the Barona Tribe, a Veteran’s memorial that the National Sculptors’ Guild and Denny Haskew dedicated in 1996 - "He Who Fights With a Feather"
The Barona are incredibly generous, both collectively and individually, everyone we met were generous with wisdom and nurturing of the future; working with the Tribe has been a highlight for each member of the design team. Learn about their philanthropic efforts
A large-scale art placement was created for the Barona Band of Mission Indians by the NSG design team: Denny Haskew, lead artist; John W. Kinkade, JK Designs, Principal; Greg Hebert Landscape Architect; and Beaver Curo, representative of the Barona Tribe.
The entry statement includes multiple sculptures intermixed with earthworks. The rim of a basket emerging from the earth planted with native grasses as a backdrop for sculptures of stone and bronze. Patterning of the landscaping is derived from the Tribe's traditional basket weaving designs. Oak trees that were the sustenance of previous generations connect the earth to the sky. The monumental sculptures, "Respect all that is Natural", "Observe Nature", "Give of Yourself", "Love Song" and "Trail of Forgiveness", are visible as one traverses the 200-foot diameter site, welcoming visitors to the the Barona Resort & Casino. The sculptures represent all Tribal people, the very young and the elderly, as well as the unborn children who represent the future.
Haskew's sculptures are a combination of bronze and monolithic Dakota sandstone that stand 8- to 13-feet high and weigh 7 to 10 tons each. Emerging from the face of each stone are bronze figurative elements. Haskew has developed a special patina technique to match the unique variations of the stone. The sculpted forms depict an old man, a child, a young mother, a flute player and an old woman. Each has symbolic significance. In his dedication speech Haskew advised that the eagle feather held by the old man is an admonition to “respect all that is natural. That’s everything, all of us . . . . All of life.” The child points her finger to the landscape of the Barona reservation and gives the admonition to “observe nature.” Honoring all the mothers before and after her, the young mother lifts a clay pot that she has made to honor Mother Nature and all mothers “who give of themselves,” Haskew said.
• Respect All that is Natural: The old man holds his prayer feather and blesses this new valley. Respect all that is natural and be one with this new place.
• Observe Nature: The young child points to her new valley. Observe nature, she says. We honor all the small children forced to move from their homes to this new valley.
• Give of Yourself: A woman holds her handmade pottery and tells the viewer: Give of yourself in this new place that we all may prosper. This sculpture honors all the women who had to leave their homes and gardens for a new valley. -Denny Haskew
Beyond the initial trio stands two monoliths, the figure emerging from the larger stone wears a Barona eagle feather headdress, he is a flutist playing a love song to his future bride, represented by a smaller monolith. This smaller stone is void of a bronze figure and “represents woman and the unborn child,” explained Haskew,...“Love is the thing that binds the two together. Love binds all of us together.”
The final sculptural element is of an old woman with her hands lifted in prayer. “A lot of bad things . . . have happened to Native People over the last 200, 300, 400 years,” said Haskew knowingly as a member of Oklahoma’s Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “That Grandmother back there is saying it’s time to find a new trail, a trail of forgiveness.” Her wisdom is imperative for the world's future generations.
The Barona are incredibly generous, both collectively and individually, everyone we met were generous with wisdom and nurturing of the future; working with the Tribe has been a highlight for each member of the design team. Learn about their philanthropic efforts here.
The first of several monumental art placements commissioned by the Barona Band of Mission Indians was "He Who Fights with a Feather" by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild.
This composition was first introduced as a maquette in the 1995 Red Earth Invitational in Oklahoma City where it won First Prize.
The Barona Band of Mission Indians in Lakeside, California sponsored the enlargement in 1996. The project included the landscape design of a garden courtyard featuring all of the historical basket making plant materials used by the reservation. Our design team received an AIA Orchid award. Among other awards, it was selected as the cover image of the "Indian Gaming Magazine", "Paradigm", and "Explore Indian Country".
"He Who Fights with a Feather" pays tribute to the many veterans, especially our Native American veterans, who have fought and sacrificed for our country. The tombstone pays tribute to those who have died in this sacrifice. The kneeling Native American weeps for those persons who are now gone. He reaches for the comfort of Mother Earth with his outstretched hand. Behind stands a symbol of Hope. There may be life after this life that those fallen warriors are now enjoying, there is life now that is filled with the freedom we enjoy from their sacrifices. She lays an eagle feather on his shoulder to show that all creatures of the earth stand with him in his sadness and wish for a peaceful world for all that live in the four directions. It is unlike other Veteran's memorials in that it comments on all conflicts and speaks to every person, whether they have experienced war time or not, a true effort to eliminate misunderstandings for the future.
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The tombstone of the sculpture reads:
He Who Fights With A Feather
This memorial pays tribute to the Native Americans who have fought and sacrificed in the many conflicts that our government has chosen to participate.
The kneeling man reaches to Mother Earth in search of strength and comfort.
Behind him stands a symbol of Hope, touching his shoulder with an eagle feather, she conveys hope and understanding for a time when conflict may be solved more peacefully.
With honor and respect for all beings.
Sculptor, Denny Haskew
"He Who Fights with a Feather", is an award winning figurative bronze whose message is one of healing. It depicts a cloaked figure who touches a warrior’s back with an eagle feather: all the concentrated weight of the sculpture surrounds and balances the delicate sliver of the feather. The sculpture speaks of a better way than war and blesses the warrior in his grief of the fallen soldiers of today and yesterday.
The Greeters by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild placed at Mariana Buttes in Loveland, Colorado, 1993.
A series of columns depict the past, present and future through portraits of Native Americans; an elder holding a feather, a woman holding a piece of pottery, and a youth who extends their hand to the viewer.
A combination of Native sandstone and bronze, with bronze seemingly emerging from rough-hewn sandstone columns with a unique patina that matches the stone. This display of sculpture is very dramatic, and draws people in.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.