World’s largest buffalo to be restored by Jamestown Tourism

Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jamestown TourismThree receptacles for donation titled “feed the buffalo” is being planned by the Jamestown Tourism Board that would be placed near the World’s Largest Buffalo structure in Frontier Village and other locations around Jamestown in order to fund restoration project of the world’s largest statue of the buffalo.

The statue is made of plaster and concrete and was built on steel frame in 1959 by Elmer Petersen. Last fall, the 46-foot-long by 26-foot-high statue was given its 10th layer of paint, spending $8500. Interstate Engineering recommended stripping the statue of its paint and repairing the heat-damaged surfaces.

In the next 7 to 10 years, the statue will need to be repainted again, according to Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism. Since the cost of removing paint and repairs isn’t known, hence, the need for fundraising.

The Jamestown Tourism Board was asked to consider four possible bison receptacle ideas for money donation that would also provide positive visitor experience. The receptacles would need to be creative, interactive, motivating and stand weather and use.

From the rough concepts, the tourism board liked two: One would be a low-tech metal structure shaped like a bison to insert bills or coins in the mouth. Another would be an interactive structure shaped like a buffalo that would entertain with moving wheels and gears before dropping a keepsake token from under the tail.

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