Bison Pop Art - Four Colored Buffalo - Andy Warhol Inspired Bison
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Check out this 'Bison Pop Art - Four Colored Buffalo - Andy Warhol Inspired Bison Canvas Print' and see our large friends like never before!
Look into my eyes!!
I'm not sure that is what our four colorful Bison friends were thinking when they posed for this canvas print (oh ok... they didn't pose). But what is for certain is that this is a head-turning and colorful piece of canvas art that would look stunning on the walls of your home.
Take a look at all the example settings for this in the pictures, and I'm sure you'll agree that it really can hold its own in any room.
Whether you want to call them Bison, or Buffalo, American Bison or American Buffalo...What is for sure is that four of them (in different colors!) would look great on the walls of any home.
This one is very much in the spirit of Andy Warhol and was inspired by his work.
He often took very mundane subjects (like a tin of Campbell's Soup for example) and managed to transport them into something that felt very modern.
One of the trademarks in fact of pop art is exactly that. It draws on the simplicity of everyday objects, and then with bold colors and layouts it turns them into something that seems altogether more interesting, modern and inspiring.
This piece of Four Bison Pop Art is taking inspiration from that idea, and instead of soup, I've used Bison!
(If one Bison is good, two better, three great, then four must reign supreme I think!)
I've set it so that the Bison are actively looking at each other on the canvas.
I like the idea that they are communicating.
Perhaps it is a stand-off between Bison?
But honestly, I don't think of it like that.
I like to think they are just having a chat!
Bison are one of those creatures that get a bad-wrap on the advertising / public relations front. They look mean and moody, so that is sort of the way that they are portrayed. But, in reality, they are actually quite docile.
One of the reasons it was so relatively easy to wipe out whole herds of Bison; back in the 19th century when they were being killed in their millions (literally... there were reckoned to be 60 million of them in 1800, and only 1000 in 1900... Thankfully, there are more now) was because Bison will gather around a fallen comrade. So, when one of their number was killed it would become a bit like a duck shoot at a fairground to kill them all. So entire herds would get wiped out in a single day.
At one stage over 5000 Bison were being killed EVERY DAY, for YEARS ON-END!
In many ways they were a bit like whales. Everything on their bodies was potentially useful. You could eat them, Use their fur for clothes. Even grind up their bones.
In fact, it's little known. But for around 20 years in the 1800s there was an entire industry (usually called 'Bone Picking') just for grinding up the bones of the millions of Bison that were being killed; because bone is an excellent source of phosphate. In 1842 a chemist found that if he mixed ground bison bones with sulphuric acid that it changed the phosphate into a form that was readily available to plants. Farmers found that by sprinkling the mix on their soil that their crop yields would go up (as it acted as an excellent fertiliser).
In 1868 this fact seems to have developed into the business of buying and selling Bison bones, and this continued for around the next 20 years.
The bones were abundant, because there previously hadn't been a good use for them. So they littered the plains, as the animals had already been killed in their millions by that time. With the arrival of the railroads, there was suddenly an easy way to transport them, and so for years on end, much of the freight that was carried across the American plains on railroads was the bones of dead bison.
Entire teams of people would collect the bones. Entire brokerage companies just dealt in Bison bones.
Macabre. But true...
'Bone picking', as it was known was a massive industry. It is reckoned that during the course of the trade more than two million tonnes of bones were collected for selling to factories to produce charcoal filters and manurial phosphate. The trade was said to be worth $40 million in the 1890's, which is an incredible amount of money (learn more here).
In a very real sense it could be said that the bones of Bison helped to finance the western expansion of the United States.
So, when you have this on your wall celebrate four colorful bison.
But also salute them and pay tribute to the sacrifice they made.
Great for Decorating a Whole Home
This canvas is available in four different colors :
And also a single canvas 'Bison Pop Art - Four Colored Buffalo- Andy Warhol Inspired Bison Canvas Print' version which has some different color variations (that is this one).
(You can see the other single color versions at the links above)
So, with the possibility to purchase 5 different (but similarly themed) canvases, you have a unique opportunity to purchase several variations for different rooms, and have a consistent bison theme throughout your home.