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7/28/2013 6:01:00 AM
STATUE OF LIBERATION
Bob Boze Bell unveils 'Not-So-Gentle Tamer' sculpture
Heidi Dahms Foster, Prescott Valley Tribune/Courtesy photo
Heidi Dahms Foster, Prescott Valley Tribune/Courtesy photo

Special to the Courier


Artist Bob Boze Bell gestures to a crowd of about 200 people at the unveiling of the 10-foot-tall centennial sculpture, "Not-So-Gentle Tamer," at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.

The statue is based on a painting by Bell that was raffled off at Prescott Valley's Centennial Gala in 2012. Artist Deb Gessner worked with Bell to turn the painting into the sculpture, which was then poured by the Bronzesmith foundry.

Prescott Valley Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye, who with the Centennial Gala committee commissioned the painting by Bell, said she was thrilled to see the women of the West get some recognition.

"Men won the West," she said, "but women tamed it."




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Callie Jo.

I think you should take your own advice and read what nonsense you posted.

You wrote, "
And by the way, tightly bound bosoms were the Roaring 20's--but what you were referring to was corsets--which a woman out tending her garden (to provide food for the family) would not have been wearing a corset in the first place! Corsets were the underpinning used to give shape & form to their 'go to town' and dress up attire."

They did not bind their bosom's in the 20's. It was the waist!

Why did the artist put her in dress up attire then add a gross snake and a shovel? He did not think this out.

As usual neither did Ms. Nye. But then again I don't remember the last time she thought before she spoke.

Reading these posts it sure is clear most people do not like this statue. It is also very clear from the rust bucket library to this cartoon statue Nye has very bad taste for art and little knowledge of the women that calmed the west.


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: Travis T.

I drove by this statue last week, not knowing the history behind it or the purpose of it.

My impression was that it was paying homage to some sort of fantasy storybook character that was somehow related to the library.

Perhaps a local author had created a somewhat famous work of fiction literature and the statue was supposed to be a representative of that fantastical character.

Reading this article and the comments have enlightened me.

I feel embarrassed for the sculptor, the city council, and the community...


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Sandra Stewart these places are safety values. Feelings and thoughts seethe beneath a polite surface building extreme pressure that at some point vents. The choice: a semi-controlled release of steam or a detonation. I have seen a boiler go, best we allow emotions and thoughts to flow here in relative safety.

If it helps think of dCourier comments as pub. Anyone wish to share a Bushmills?


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: S M

The statue is as inappropriate and misplaced as it's title. The word "tamer" has nothing to do with killing or beheading anything.
All who see it will think it represents the mind set of P.V. it does not. It is the confused vision of a selected few.


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: Callie Jo

For cryin' out loud in a bucket. Louise!!! All they were tryin' to do is Respectfully Remember that it took more than men to settle the West. Women had to have 'sand' to have with stood or they ALL would have become extinct. ALL thru history women have had to be strong--it takes both sexes to make equally yoked teams to make a difference.

And by the way, tightly bound bosoms were the Roaring 20's--but what you were referring to was corsets--which a woman out tending her garden (to provide food for the family) would not have been wearing a corset in the first place! Corsets were the underpinning used to give shape & form to their 'go to town' and dress up attire. Looks like many of those giving negative commentary need to learn how to read so they can apply themselves to study on a subject BEFORE they run off at their computer.


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: Yukon Jack

It's obvious to me that many of the readers here don't understand this "historical" (hysterical?) statue. The hard work and high altitude obviously helped this pioneer woman develop a healthy set of lungs!

Why a "cartoon" character?


Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: Complain or Praise, Do Speak Up

To: Sandra Stewart

I generally always read the entire comments section. I often do not agree, but I like hearing what at least some others have to say about the articles. I have gotten so that if a news outlet does not allow commentary by its readers, I pass it by and go elsewhere for my news. Man up, so to speak, Saundra, and enjoy the ride. You are not alone in this world and your opinion certainly not the only one--and it just may not be the correct one.


Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: @ Reed Winfrey

My question is if someone was generous enough to donate the labor and materials for the base of this statue, what did the town do with that $15,000.

There surely is not that much landscape there. Money seems to always disappear in this town.

My friend told us that her grand kids were at this event. That night she was going to keep them over and let the parents go to Prescott for a few hours. They live in Phoenix.

The kids were scared the big lady with the shovel was going to get them.

This is no lie and I'm not joking!


Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Beautiful piece. That town and the larger community are better for it. It just shows what you can do when a community comes together with private funds and labor. When the complainers come out in full force between naps, you know you're doing something right. Also, fun fact: The centennial of Arizona is also the centennial of women's suffrage. Both were 2012.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: They didn't have..

plastic surgeons back then did they? Anna Nicole Smith comes to mind.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: S M

Well Sandra Stewart...the comments section is not new. It does contain rant, but also valuable ideas and information and points of view not found anywhere else. Ignorance doesn't work for everyone.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Really? Really?

I big breasted lady with a Mary Poppins hat, a shovel and a snake? I guess......

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: not on the inside.

@Reed Winfrey, You say that if folks don't like the art get involved... There is only one problem THE SAME PEOPLE ALWAYS chair the committees !! Many , Many people have tried to "get involved" and they are always driven off by Lora Lee and her minions. You were not elected for a reason...Think about it!

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Sandra Stewart

My gosh, what has become of this online comments section? Seems that the majority of the time, all it does is create animosity and trash the image of the quad-city and The Daily Courier as a whole. How sad to read these uneducated and pathetic comments.

Why not help to make our wonderful city/towns a more pleasant place to live?

One vote here to abolish this new publications comments section altogether.



Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

This instalment is not my cup but the comments to its unveiling have allowed me to see a person in new way. Good on you R.E. Wall.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Not on the inside.

@Sam Bowles, Sir you claim you came a "Great Distance" therefore YOU do not live here, Do not criticize others when you know NOTHING about the reasons people are saying the things they are about the statue and others things!! After all it was OUR money that has been wasted all these years NOT YOURS!

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Cranky Crank

What's that in her right hand?

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: How Sad

How sad to constantly see so many nasty comments from so many angry, bitter, overly critical, small minded people with nothing better to do. Life is hard enough without so much hatred and anger.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Sorry, Sam Sometimes the truth hurts.

Granted they may not reside in Prescott Valley, but there actually are in this part of Arizona a number of very well-educated, knowledgeable art connoisseurs capable of discriminating, and knowing the difference between good and bad art. Granted most were educated elsewhere and moved here. Thus we are easy targets for the so-called natives. We will not move away but will try to civilize you all. Alas, Messrs Bowles and Wall there is a difference between good and bad public art. This sculpture is amateurish, self-serving, poorly designed and executed. And all out of perspective ... disturbingly so ... and artist's license will not save it. And it appears to be two local, amateur artists skewed vision of an historical image that never existed in Prescott Valley. But if you, and others like you, think it wonderful and it makes you happy so be it.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: guy good

I like Bell's work, thinking back to the Razz Revue, but that's really a pretty ugly statue. I guess with another snake, you could have a frontier Minoan work.

To tell you the truth, I suspect that it's darned hard to find public sculpture that's worth a darn anymore, like quality in visual arts generally, there seems to be less interest in technical ability than in the past. I'm afraid that the Frederick Harts of the world are vanishingly rare.


Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Karyl Fehlman

Could we have some Pronghorn or coyotes???

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

It's sorta erotic don't ya think? Hey they sould bring the Tin Foil Bull over there too. Might as well get as much bad western art in one place as you can, and Jackass Flats is just the place for it. Maybe an old rusty car body from Dewey too, with weeds under it.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

It was nice to attend this dedication to the hardy women that had a lot to do with settling the area and I'd also like to thank those ladies.

This is an accurate depiction of the women that had to work hard every day just to "get by" in a dangerous and unsettled land.

Nice job by the artist, sculptor, and the folks that built the base at no cost to the town. That's what coming together as a community is all about.

While no one will agree with everything, some will agree with nothing. Don't you agree? Kind of like some folks are trying while others are crying.

As for the folks that don't like this "art" area in our town, why did you not get involved? What have you submitted instead? Looks like once again, the "DOERS" in PV outnumber the "Complainers" 10 to 1. That's why we keep things going forward because the majority get up off their couch and make it happen.


Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Sam Bowles

We came a great distance to view this beautiful statue, celebrate women and Arizona's centennial. We were proud and impressed by the entire event. We felt that the civic center and the art where beautiful and impressive. I say congratulations to everyone that was involved. It makes me very sad to see these hateful posts. Shameful to be so nasty.

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Long Time PV Resident

I am appalled at the gross disfigurement of this woman. It is unrealistic and disgusting. So sad that our town has wasted more of our hard earned money on trash. It in no way represents our town and is not art in my book, soft porn at best. Please take down the atrocity that is degrading to women!


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