Patron: Nebraska State Fair
Solomon Butcher is a prominent figure in the history of Custer County. His dream was to record, through his photography, the life of the early homesteaders in the late 1800’s. Now, a century later, his images give us an insight into the struggles, accomplishments, hopes and dreams of the settlers. Without his photographs, we would have little understanding of the extremes those early settlers endured.
Our heart depicts the history of Butcher in a dream-like cloudscape. The unchanging prairie is depicted in the lower portion of the heart, with the history of the settlers materializing within the clouds.
The base of the sculpture will map out the many towns and villages that existed in Custer County at the time that Solomon Bu`tcher was photographing the settlers.
*All of the Solomon Butcher images that were referenced for the piece were cleared for use through the Nebraska Historical Society.