“Legacy preservation of the Florida Cowboy’
Be a part of the legacy of real Florida heritage by sponsoring the Okeechobee Cattle Drive Sculpture Project.
Okeechobee Main Street’s Art and Culture Alliance is raising funds to bring a bronze cattle drive sculpture to Okeechobee. The project will consist of ten bronze sculptures and will include a horse with rider, calf, dog, six heads of cattle and cowboy on a fence. The Sculptures will represent a historical cattle drive celebrating the ranching lifestyle in Okeechobee County as well as celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the first cattle brought to Florida. In 1521 the earliest Spanish explorers and seven Andalusia cattle arrived on Florida shores.
The project will be installed in the City of Okeechobee at Flagler Park #5. The cattle sculptures will graze on the grass along side of the sidewalk with native plants added for authenticity. Visitors will be able to walk along the sidewalk and feel like they are in the middle of a historic cattle drive, visitors will also be able to read about the history of Okeechobee ranchers.
The project will be easily viewed from State Road 70 with ease of accessibility. Historically this is also near the path of the original cattle drives coming through Okeechobee hundreds of years ago.
The Okeechobee Main Street’s Arts and Culture Alliance’s mission is to connect people to the arts and to each other. We want our art projects to celebrate the uniqueness of our community. This exhibit will not only be a celebration of Okeechobee ranchers but will also be an interactive installation containing historical content within the exhibit.
This sculpture project will preserve the legacy of Florida heritage for many generations to come, allowing the essence of the Florida Cowboy to come alive. By donating to this project you are not only contributing to the beautification of the City of Okeechobee but ensuring the legacy of Old Florida traditions and history are etched in time and celebrated by locals and visitors year after year.
More information about Okeechobee Main St Inc: Okeechobee Main Street Is Organized For The Purpose Of Promoting The Historical Value, Economic Development, And Social Welfare Of The Downtown Area Of The City Of Okeechobee And Okeechobee County As A Whole.
Sculpture image shown is from Brownwood Villages that the project will be based on.