Last summer I was contacted by George Kramer of Kramer and Company, Ashland OR. Mr. Kramer is a historical preservationist, and on behalf of the City was seeking information on how to replace Pioneer Mike, a figural statue that sits in Ashland’s main plaza.
Over the past year, I have 1) traveled to Storm Lake, Iowa to mold the only remaining intact “Mike” in the country; and 2) recreated Mike in bronze. I delivered him to Ashland in late June, and he was rededicated July 2nd, 2016.
Thanks to everyone who helped me: the City of Storm Lake, George Kramer, Steve Walker, and the always-amazing Calcagno family. The article below describes some of the history, and my initial role in the project. More to come.