In 1963, #GeorgePhippen submitted this bronze prototype for entry consideration to the National Statuary Hall Collection. And though it was not selected, Father Kino along with #BarryGoldwater stand proudly representing #Arizona.
#FatherKino (1645-1711), a celebrated #Jesuit missionary, worked tirelessly throughout Mexico, Arizona and California working alongside indigenous populations. The National Statuary Hall website reads “Especially adept in mathematics and geography, he was one of the first scientific explorers, cartographers, astronomers, historians, builders and ranchmen of the Pimera Alta. Due to his efforts, missions and stockyards were developed. Roads were built to connect previously inaccessible areas. His many expeditions on horseback covered over 50,000 square miles, during which he mapped an area 200 miles long and 250 miles wide, and deduced that California was a peninsula. He built missions extending from the interior of Sonora 150 miles northeast to #SanXavier del Bac. He constructed 19 rancheras which supplied cattle to new settlements. He was also instrumental in the return of the Jesuits to California in 1697. Father Kino remained in southern Arizona until his death in 1711.” #BashaCollection #Gallery #Museum #Art #Arizona #AZ #Chandler #CowboyArtist #CowboyArt #WesternArt #SanXavierMission #Bronze