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New bear and bison sculptures welcome travelers at Great Falls airport

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New artwork will greet people flying in and out of the Electric City through the Great Falls International Airport as unique bison and bear sculptures were installed outside of the facility on both sides of the road this week.

Wendy Klemperer, an artist based out of New York and New Hampshire, salvaged steel from scrapyards and constructions sites as the material for the two pieces.

Most of the material is rebar as Klemperer likes to work with the rebar's curves, shapes, and textures to form different lines.

According to Klemperer, the sculptures' inspiration derives from the story of explorer Meriwether Lewis shooting a bison before being surprised by a grizzly.

“I mean, a lot of it once I got here was positioning them in relationship to each other, and I already knew the bison was going to go over here and the bear over there but getting them to have sort of this alert awareness of each other," Klemperer said. "And to me, the bison is in, I like to think of it as a charging, sort of aggressive pose like maybe he’ll actually get away.” 

Klemperer began planning and building the pieces around July.

For more information about Klemperer's work, visit her website.

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