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    Artist: Veryl Goodnight

    Installed in 1997

    Stands: 9.5’ X 14’

    Weight: 1,800 lbs

    Location: Student Recreation Center, Western Michigan University

    About the Artist: Veryl’s various animal sculptures were inspired by growing up in the American West and having a lifelong love for animals. Working from home allowed Veryl to be outdoors and spend more time with the animals that continuously fueled her passion for sculpting.

    During Veryl's sculpting career she has placed work in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Her seven ton bronze monument to freedom, "The Day the Wall Came Down," is located at the George Bush Presidential Library. In 1998, a second or "sister" casting of this monument was delivered to Germany by the U. S. Air Force and unveiled at the Allied Museum in Berlin by former President George Bush. In October of 2000 Veryl was the recipient of the Central Intelligence Agency's "Agency Seal Medallion" for this sculpture. 

    Information was retrieved by the artist's personal website:


    Photo by Patrick Jouppi, 2011

    Slideshow images by Jade Wethy, 2013





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    Details About This Piece

    Type(s): Outdoor Sculpture

    Media: bronze

    Associated Artists

    • Veryl Goodnight


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