Published on : Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Three potential “feed the buffalo” donation vessels are being planned by the Jamestown Tourism Board that would be placed near the World’s Largest Buffalo in Frontier Village and at other locations around Jamestown in order to fund a restoration project of the World’s Largest Buffalo statue. The 46-foot-long by 26-foot-high statue is made of plaster and concrete built on steel frame in 1959 by Elmer Petersen.
The statue was given its 10th layer of paint last fall for $8,500. A report from Interstate Engineering said to remove all paint from the statue and repair the heat-damaged surfaces. In the next seven to ten years, the world’s largest buffalo will need to be painted again. Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism said that fundraising should start now, since it is not known what would be the cost for removing paint and repair.
The Jamestown Tourism Board was asked to consider feedback and concerns about four possible bison receptacle ideas for donating money, which would also provide a positive visitor experience. The receptacles need to be creative and interactive, motivating and stand weather and use.
The Tourism Board liked two of the concepts: one would be a low-tech metal structure shaped like a bison to insert bills or coins in the mouth. Another would be creating an interactive structure in the shape of a buffalo that would entertain with moving wheels and gears before dropping a keepsake token from under the tail.
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