Leaping Deer

1996 | Bronze edition: 60 | Length of base: 14″ | Height: 11″

“For we are all Indians as the English are, and say brother to one another; so must we be one as they are, otherwise we will all be gone shortly, for you know our fathers and plenty of deer and skins, our plains were full of deer, as also our woods; and of turkeys, and our coves full of fish and fowl. But these English have gotten our land, they with their scythes cut down the grass, and with their axes felled the trees; their cows and horses eat the grass and their hogs spoil our clam banks and we shall all be starved.”

Miantonomi, Narragansett Sachem
to the Montauks of the eastern Long Island summer,

“The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass away before such a one can be again.”

Wiliam Beebe, 1906