Museum drops 1,200-pound statue
Armed with cameras and smartphones, several dozen Hastings Museum employees, guests and other community members gathered on the lawn of the museum this morning to watch as a new exhibit was "flown" in.
The bronze statue, "A Narrow Escape," flew over the museum's front lawn with the help of a crane before being brought down onto a small cement pad just to the southwest of the museum's main entrance.
The life-size, 1,200-pound statue depicts two young boys riding their horse with arrows through their bodies pinning them together and to the horse as they escaped a Native American attack.
Becky Tideman, director of marketing for the museum, said she believes the donation is great for all involved.
"We think this is a win/win/win," she said. "This is a beautiful piece of artwork in a high-traffic location. They couldn't have asked for a better location because what they want to do is increase appreciation for the historical significance of it."