Instructors create "End of the Trail" sculpture

March 24, 2015

 

By Lauren Ramirez

 

Sculpting a form of recognizable symbolism and value, the “End of the Trail” sculpture is publicized for

audiences to view representation, culture and history.

 

Inspired by artist James Earl Fraser, EPCC art instructors Ron Clark and Leo Pineda revive the story

based on Native history and art influence.

 

“I decided to make a copy of this sculpture when traveling to San Antonio and saw a display of a dozen

or so cavalry soldiers and Indians in separate locations outside of Ft. Stockton,” Pineda said.

 

 

 

Lauren Ramirez / Tejano Tribune

Art instructor Ron Clark working on "End of Trail" sculpture.

 

 

 

“They are life sized cutouts made of steel such as this one.”

 

Pineda was inspired to cling on to his heritage when his ancestors helped settle this part of West Texas.

 

“I would like my children and grandchildren to appreciate it as well as others.

 

To me, End of the Trail represents the demise of the American Indian and the injustice to them and the sculpture/cutout is a small tribute to the American Indian,” says Pineda.

 

Pineda collaborated with Ron Clark to create “End of the Trail” in hopes of bringing his ideas to a more

realistic presentation.

 

“Although it is based on someone else’s work, there have been a lot of changes and considerations to

flatness which attribute to it to make it more interesting to viewers.

 

The line and cast shadows under the form and the movement about an axis will help turn it and hopefully keep its wind to the back,” says Ron Clark.

 

The five week process inspired Clark to work with Pineda in hopes of telling the story behind the American Indian and human migration.

 

The work of art is put into specific detail to study the development and techniques portrayed in hopes of

recognizing certain lines, shapes and emotion audiences can receive.

 

“The posture of the rider, who is Native American, is very symbolic that viewers can witness.

 

The individual, who is tired from the long ride but still on horseback, shows a journey of a downhill ride and not uphill from where he is going.

 

The lines on the flat plate of steel showed two purposes to help define the figure based on

the cast shadow of the sun and his position in the sun as it moves across the sky,” says Clark.

 

“End of the Trail” is portrayed in different and creative ways for providing not only history, but instruction on each definition and shape to deliver a powerful story.

 

“I am proud of the way it developed into a teaching tool for the art classes and it may also serve to remind who view it of the native people’s contribution to this country in many different ways,” Pineda said.

 

“They are true Americans and not immigrants.”

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