Apr 112010

Paul Manship sculpture Indian Hunter, Cochran Park, St. Paul, MNWhere: Cochran Park, a small serene triangle at 375 Summit Avenue (Summit & Western Avenues), St. Paul.

What: Indian Hunter and His Dog (and four bronze geese), a 1926 work by renowned 20th-century sculptor Paul Manship.

Back story: This art deco sculpture graces a small park bequeathed to the city of St. Paul in 1923 by Emilie Belden Cochran to honor her husband, Thomas B. Cochran Jr., a St. Paul business titan whose legacy includes launching the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co., siting Macalester College, and floating George Draper Dayton the money to found Dayton’s Department Store. A Cochran son commissioned the 1926 sculpture as an additional memorial. The artist, Paul Manship (1885–1866), is a St. Paul native whose acclaimed work includes one of the world’s most recognizable sculptures: the 1934 Prometheus Fountain in New York City’s Rockefeller Center Plaza.

Of all his works, Manship reportedly was fondest of Indian Hunter, associating it with happy boyhood memories of St. Paul. He left half his artistic estate (125 sculptures) to the Minnesota Museum of Art (the rest went to the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.).

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