William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846 – 1917) shaped and captivate the perception of the American West, the land and its people more than any other individual in history. He showcased the authentic, mystical, spirit of the American frontier, the Old West, to the world. He was a Frontiersman, Scout, Storyteller & the Greatest showman of the 19th century who continues to captivate, educate and inspire people worldwide to this day.
Cody was a Pony Express rider at the age of 14; a Scout who fought in the American Civil War and guided for the Army; a Buffalo hunter and a legend of the Old West long before becoming the greatest showman of the 19th century. In 1883, at the age of 37, Buffalo Bill Cody founded his famous Wild West show and toured the United States and Europe for three decades. Historical figures of the American West, Annie Oakley, Chief Sitting Bull and Wild Bill Hickok were but a few who starred alongside Buffalo Bill Cody.
With his latest series, Legends of the West, Vic Payne pays tribute to the great men and women who courageously forged the American West. Vic will be showcasing, over the next few years, historical icons such as Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday.
The first in the series of life-size monumental benches is titled “Born Under a Wandering Star” ~ Buffalo Bill Cody. Vic has sculpted, Buffalo Bill, in one of his Wild West show coats, waiting patiently for you, the viewer, to sit alongside him on this functional 5’ bench. Over the next few months, Vic will be laying in the bead and embroidery work on Bill’s jacket, finishing the 1873 lever-action Winchester, and making sure Bill’s spurs spin. …every detail on Buffalo Bill will be historically accurate. One of Buffalo Bill’s quotes “I could never resist the call of the trail.” will also be sculpted on the reverse side of the log bench thus the name “Born Under a Wandering Star.”