- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A friend of a late artist is getting close to finishing the restoration of an eagle sculpture along the Missouri River in Bismarck.

Artist Steve White Mountain died of a heart attack earlier this year while working on the “Reflections” eagle sculpture in Steamboat Park. His friend Calvin Miner, who was helping with the project, decided to finish it in memory of his friend.

“You can’t have something unfinished sitting out here anyways,” Miner told KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1JtgzXZ ).

Miner said he should wrap up the restoration soon. The project involves putting wooden planks on the eagle’s wings to resemble feathers, and the shingles will get stained and covered with a protective coating to help with the weather.

“It’s like a whole learning process from the start,” Miner said.

The sculpture has previously been the target of vandals and graffiti, and White Mountain was putting on the planks to cover it up. Miner said he plans to turn around the sculpture’s reflective ball to hide broken spots and also build a small tepee under the sculpture.

Miner hopes the sculpture will inspire people in the community. He says his friend would probably “finish up what I was doing.”

“Because you can’t let him go like that,” Miner said.


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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