Lilly of the West

Bronze sculpture of Lilly of the West, a wild west show performer holding a lariat, with a large cowgirl hat, by John Bennett.

This was based on a wild west show performer after finishing her act. It has a distinctive art deco feel to the design. The name Lilly of the West I got from a Bob Dylan song – “Still I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the West.”

bronze, 26″ high (click image to enlarge)

• What’s with the patina? All of my bronzes are “hot” patinas, meaning they are chemicals applied to the bronze with a blow torch. The various acid washes can also incorporate pigments, so there is a near limitless range of hue and tonal values in addition to the usual brown (ferric nitrate) people associate with bronze sculpture.