Bronze Stagecoach

Bronze Stagecoach

The "WORLD'S LARGEST BRONZE STAGECOACH" is planned to be constructed and displayed at the Jepson Canyon Resort project.

Renowned local artists and sculptors, brothers Jerry and Ronny Anderson, have spent the past several years collaborating on a 1/4-scale bronze sculpture of an authentic Wells Fargo stagecoach, endeavoring to "depict the west the way it was," Jerry said. "Through the mail we got the original blueprints of the original Concord Stage in the Washington archives, so that we would have it right." It's gotta be perfect. For every hour that we spent in actual fabrication, we spent about 20 percent of it in research."

Perfecting their piece right down to the minutest detail, Jerry created horses to pull the stagecoach and people to sit inside it, and Ronny created "everything else," he said - including the coach itself and all the luggage and accessories. Though it was the first artistic piece the brothers had collaborated on, Jerry Anderson knew he had picked the right partner for the job.

"Ronny and I can work together," he said. "We don't have to tell each other anything - we just do it. He goes and does his thing, I do my thing, and we come together and put it together. It's like one man having four hands and two heads."

Using clay, wood and copper, Ronny Anderson built the stagecoach in complete accordance with the blueprints, slaving over each detail to make sure it was perfectly accurate, and Jerry Anderson gave the same attention to the horses and people in the piece.

The stagecoach, stretching 15 feet in length, was completed 18 months from the time the brothers began working on it.

"Each one of the horses has its own personality," he said. A lot of times when artists do a stagecoach or some other team, they'll take the same horse and cast it two or three times, but each one I tried to give a different personality so that people will see that."

Each brother worked on his own - Jerry at his studio in Leeds, Utah and Ronny at his home in Washington, Utah, before bringing their separate sculpture portions together. Molds were made of each finished piece and sent to a foundry to be cast in bronze. The pieces were then returned to the Anderson brothers, who welded them together to form the final sculpture; the piece in its entirety was then returned to the foundry once again for sandblasting and final finishing.

The Anderson brothers are now embarked on taking this 15 foot long sculpture and re-creating it as the "World's Largest Bronze Stagecoach," a double life-size monument that measures 120 feet long and 22 feet tall. This bronze will become a permanent showcase at the Jepson Canyon Resort in Apple Valley, Utah.

The process to build this monument will take up to three years to complete. A temporary building, 80 feet long, 40 feet wide and 36 feet tall, will be erected at the entrance to the Jepson Canyon Resort project. As each horse and piece of the sculpture is completed, it will be rolled out of this building into the parking lot, where a heavy-lift helicopter will transport it to the permanent monument site on top of the 300 foot cliff at the rear of the Jepson Canyon Resort project. An aerial tram will be installed to deliver visitors from all over the world to the top of the cliff to view the "World's Largest Bronze Stagecoach," plus visit an Observatory Complex that is part of the SouthWest Science Center, also located at the Jepson Canyon Resort, plus other attractions that will be developed.

It is anticipated that one or more national TV stations will extensively cover the creation of the monument, as well as document the air-lift of the individual complete bronze pieces to the cliff top.