"The mountains are calling and I must go."
About the Sculpture
Yosemite has been one of my favorite destinations since I was a child, and as homage to John Muir, I felt inspired to sculpt him in bronze at that
wondrous location. The statue is intended to picture him as he stands upon a cliff edge and looks out over the wonders of Yosemite Valley.
Dimensions: (with marble base) 18” tall x 9” wide x 13” long
Material: Bronze from Lost Wax casting
Type of edition: Limited
Number of pieces in edition: 21
Upon completion of the edition, the mold will be destroyed. There will be no further editions made of this image.
Each casting is personally signed and numbered by the artist.
John Muir (1838-1914) was described during his lifetime as "John o' the mountains," a tribute to his passion as a naturalist for exploring, appreciating, and protecting the wildest places remaining in California. This bronze sculpture captures a special mountain moment in Muir's life and is a realistic life-like representation of Muir as we know him from photographs, descriptions by others, and his own self-reflections. Artist Will Pettee has energized Muir-the-mountaineer as he ponders the landscape before him. We can well imagine Muir saying to himself, "in every walk in Nature one receives far more than he seeks;" and "who wouldn't be a mountaineer! Up here all the world's prizes seem nothing."
Director, John Muir Center
“I have been quite impressed with your sculptures of John Muir. The “Mountain Muir” sculpture not only accurately captures Muir’s appearance, it brings his image to life in a pose that represents the man of action that Muir embodied throughout his life. Your work and its attention to detail is a powerful tribute to Muir’s legacy, and is among the best artistic renderings of him that I have seen.”
Associate Dean and Head of Special Collections
University of the Pacific Library
(Home of the John Muir Papers)