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Peggy Detmers is the sculptor of the 17 figures that comprise the bronze sculpture assembly at "Tatanka - Story of the Bison Museum." She has also created "Patriarch," the monumental bison which sits on Hill City's Main Street. The monumental eagle at Ellsworth Air Force Base entitled "Vigilence" is another of her large scale works. She writes:
"I am a fourth generation South Dakotan of mostly Dutch and Danish descent. I have always been a student of nature since my mother placed me on the ground as a baby. Grabbing whatever bug and blade of grass I could, I would imprint everything I could about the item's color, movement and feel. I went to grade school in Sioux Falls, junior high in Bridgewater, and senior high in Canton, all towns in eastern SD.
Loving every aspect of the natural sciences and art, I pursued a Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries, and General Biology from SDSU Brookings. I moved to the Black Hills to work as a field biologist and also started creating paintings and drawings of the outdoors and wildlife I love so much.
I found out I could sculpt when a sculptor from California, Ismael Rodriguez, told me I should give it a try. He said all my anatomy studies was showing up in my pencil works, so sculpting might come easy for me. I love portraying the movement and landscape of rippling muscles upon human and animal anatomy alike."
Peggy is represented by Dakota Nature and Art, 216 Main St., Hill City, SD (605) 574 - 2868.