John Muir in Sculpture
a campaign to install Will Pettee's
"Mountain Man" sculpture at the University of the Pacific Library
of the John Muir Papers)!
Small-scale busts are also available for your home: WJP
Studios John Muir Collection
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Wooden sculpture of John Muir by R.L. Blair
Located at Project Green,
a demonstration sustainable agriculture farm near Visalia, California.
Wood sculpture by R.L.
Blair. Carved in summer of 1989 - see
photo of carving with the artist shortly after completion.
(file size = 36 kilobytes.)
Photo by Harold Wood.
Bronze Bust by Bruce Kueffer
Located at the Holt-Atherton Library of the University of the Pacific.
This is the first edition of this work; at least one other has been made.
Inquiries may be directed to
Landmark Art Associates, 1502 Ridge Rd. Belmont, California 94002
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John Muir Tryptych by Tom Fitzwater, Sculptor
(The John Muir Memorial Tryptych, Commemorating his
One Hundred and Fiftieth Birthday on April 21, 1988.)
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Wax Figure of John Muir at Edinburgh Art Centre, Scotland
(August, 1999) -"Infinite Storm of Beauty Exhibition"- Photo by Graham White
file size = 53 K
Bronze Bust of John Muir by the Sculptor C. S. Pietro
at the University of Wisconsin.
For a picture of the unveiling ceremony and more information,
Address Delivered by Charles R. Van Hise
upon the Occasion of the Unveiling, December 6, 1916 (offsite link).
Photo used by permission from Wisconsin Electronic Reader.
This sculpture is now located in the biology department at University of Wisconsin. See July 2003 Photo by Harold Wood
Statue of Muir in John Muir Memorial Park, Martinez, California
Sculpted by Phillip Levine.
This statue was dedicated in 1990.
A near-by plaque reads:
"John Muir, 1838-1914.
'I care to live only to entice people to look at nature's loveliness
.'A gift to the community of Martinez from Shell Oil Company to
commemorate its 75 years in Martinez.
December 6, 1990."
Photograph by Harold Wood, October 14, 2000.
Statue of Muir at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California
Sculpted by Phillip Levine and sons.
Photograph by Harold Wood.
Statue of John Muir as a boy, Dunbar Scotland - Photo by Graham White
file size = 69 K
Bust of Muir at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California
Photograph © by Krista Kennell 2001, used by permission.
Bust of Muir at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, California.
Ironically, this bust is located on the grounds of the country home of Muir's nemesis on the Hetch Hetchy battle, James Phelan.
Sculpted by Gertrude Boyle Kanno
Photograph by Janice Albert.
Handcrafted and hand painted in Scotland by Impressions Scotland, Ltd. Material is herculite, a cold cast ceramic. Available in Ivory or White Finish. A full-color version is also planned. 5 1/4 inches high.
Bust by RR Hampton III
This bust is in bronze, placed on a granite plinth, with a title plaque: JOHN MUIR 1838-1914. The back is inscribed RR HAMPTON III 1985.
The bust has been on display at
John Muir's Birthplace in Dunbar, Scotland, awaiting re-development and re-opening in 2002. It is owned by East Lothian Museums Service.
John Muir was adopted by East Lothian Council as 'Man of the Millennium' in celebration of the year 2000. Photo copyright and provided here courtesy of the East Lothian Museums Service.
Bust by Andrew M. Lostar
From the Yosemite National Park collection.
Bust by Meera
This bust is available in bronze or hydrastone from the sculptor.
It is part of the sculptor's Sculpture of the Humanitarians: "In the Service
of Love Series."
The sculptor, Meera Censor, observes that "John Muir worked to preserve peaceful
places. Much needed in our desire for peace on the planet are natural places
that bring peace to the soul, and to allow the peace process to blossom in humanity.
He is very dear to my heart."
Bronze Statue at Yosemite Visitor Center
A life-size bronze statue of John Muir is included as part of the new
interactive Visitor Center exhibits at Yosemite National Park, unveiled April
13, 2007. With a photographic panorsama in the background, and room for visitors
to have their picutre taken next to Muir, the sculpture is one of the most
photographed exhibits in the new Visitor Center. Commissioned by the National
Park Service, the sculptor was Bridget Keimel. The head and hands were sculpted
in clay, while the hat, clothing, and boots were put on a frame prior to the
lost wax casting to make the bronze. (Source: Victoria
Mates, Branch Chief of Interpretation, Yosemite National Park, who served on
the original project management team. 7-20-10)
Click on the thumbnail to see a full-size image.
A "landscape view" version of this
image is also available here.
Photos © 2007 by Harold Wood.
"Mountain Muir" - Sculpture
1 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010
The sculptor, William Pettee, explains his inspiration for creating this bronze
sculpture as follows:
Yosemite has been one of my favorite destinations since I was a child,
and as homage to Mr. Muir, I felt inspired to sculpt him in bronze at that
wondrous location. The statue is intended to picture Mr. Muir as he stands
upon a cliff edge and looks out over the wonders of Yosemite Valley.
This limited editon sculpture was installed in 2011 at the Holt Atherton Library
at University of the Pacific. The sculpture was funded
by Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11th) and writer Martin Cheek (co-authors
Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels).
a campaign to also install this John Muir sculpture at the John Muir National
Historic Site (Muir's ranch home in Martinez, California).
Prophet" - Sculpture
2 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010
John Muir sits upon a boulder in Nature’s cathedral, his eyes alighting
upon the wonders that have been the source of his daily inspiration. His mind
races to find a way to put into mere words a way to describe what can only
be experienced. Like the prophet Moses leading his people into the wilderness,
so too has he come to free us from our troubles and tell us all….
close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a
mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John
From the Artist: “John Muir inspires me everyday to
be a better steward of the environment and to do my best to preserve and protect
it and I would like to share that inspiration with others. I am devoted to
keeping the memory of John Muir and his legacy alive in the best way I know
how. Being an artist, this has been to create him in sculpture.
John Muir at Age 34 (1872 - Bust 1 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2011
Depicts John Muir at age 34 (1872) when he was a visionary reasearching his
Yosemite Valley Glacier theory and began publishing his articles.
Inspiration - John Muir at Age 52 (1890) - Bust
2 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2011
Depicts John Muir later in life when Yosemite became a National Park. Two years
later he founded the Sierra Club.
For identification of more portraits in art and sculpture (without images), see our
listing of John Muir art and sculpture from the
National Catalog of American Portraits page.
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