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The Buck of Bucks to be finished this week in Webster
A Minneapolis artist is building a replica of a whitetail deer shot a century ago in northern Wisconsin. The buck had a record-breaking rack 17 feet wide. Miranda Vander Leest reports.
On November 20, of 1914 James Jordan of Danbury shot a whitetail buck whose rack was a world record at the time. Itís still a record in the United States. Burnett County Resource Development Agent Mike Kornmann says the replica will be as large as life.
ďEach main beam is 30 inches, thatís longer than a regulation tennis racket. The outside spread measurement of the outside beams on each side is equal to two regulation basketballs. The circumference on the widest part on the main beam is seven and 5/8 inches, a pop can circumference is 8 inches, so the circumference of the main beam is almost the same as a pop can.Ē
Burnett County is recreating the mammoth sized deer through a community art project.
Minneapolis wildlife builder Chris Lutter designed the framework and is onsite to direct the team of nearly 35 volunteers. The buck will stand at seven feet tall, six feet long and three feet around. Lutter says because of its size it will be built in sections. However, despite its size, he says the sculpture is not an average piece of art.
ďItís designed around the human body. So placing two humans inside and designing it around the two humans standing upright is a big part of the design. I use a lot of waste materials like waste plastics, window screen and the antlers are caste paper Mache.
Theyíre cast over coaxial cable wrapped with waste plastic. They body is the framework with tailored burlap that hangs over it. Iím using coaxial cable, burlap, furniture store plastic and paper bags. Itís all waste product.Ē
Lutter has years of experience under his belt building these sculptures, but says this has been a unique experience.
ďThis is an interesting collaboration with folk history and itís not that often that I get to do that kind of project thatís hooked into a folk legend thatís been around for 100 years.Ē
Harriet Rice organized the effort and says the Jordan buck construction began on Monday. When the buck is finished it will be brought to the Burnett County Whitetails Unlimited banquet on September 20 for the unveiling of the finished replica. Rice says since itís a life-sized sculpture, why not actually bring it to life? ďWe are looking for young people with theatrical flair to go inside the buck and animate it. The peopleís legs will be the legs of the buck and the head and tail will be operated by the people holding a rod.Ē
After the unveiling the buck will be at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Festival in October and will travel around the County to be used in parades and at galleries.
The project will be complete this week. Construction is held at The New Light gallery in Webster.
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