John Muir in Sculpture

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Photo of  Wooden Sculpture of John Muir at Project Green, Visalia, Photo by Harold Wood Wooden sculpture of John Muir by R.L. Blair

Located at Project Green, a demonstration sustainable agriculture farm near Visalia, California. Wood sculpture by R.L. Blair. Carved in summer of 1989 - see photo of carving with the artist shortly after completion.
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Photo by Harold Wood.

[bronze bust] Bronze Bust by Bruce Kueffer

Located at the Holt-Atherton Library of the University of the Pacific. This is the first edition of this work; at least one other has been made. Inquiries may be directed to Landmark Art Associates, 1502 Ridge Rd. Belmont, California 94002 (415) 591-1951.
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Thumbnail of John Muir Tryptych by Tom Fitzwater

John Muir Tryptych by Tom Fitzwater, Sculptor
(The John Muir Memorial Tryptych, Commemorating his One Hundred and Fiftieth Birthday on April 21, 1988.)
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Wax figure of John Muir at Edinburgh Art Centre, August, 1999, photo by Graham White

Wax Figure of John Muir at Edinburgh Art Centre, Scotland (August, 1999) - "Infinite Storm of Beauty Exhibition"- Photo by Graham White
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Bust of John Muir by C.S. Pietro

Bronze Bust of John Muir by the Sculptor C. S. Pietro at the University of Wisconsin.

For a picture of the unveiling ceremony and more information, see Address Delivered by Charles R. Van Hise upon the Occasion of the Unveiling, December 6, 1916 (offsite link).
Photo used by permission from Wisconsin Electronic Reader.

This sculpture is now located in the biology department at University of Wisconsin. See July 2003 Photo by Harold Wood

[photo of statue of John Muir in Martinez]

Statue of Muir in John Muir Memorial Park, Martinez, California

Sculpted by Phillip Levine. This statue was dedicated in 1990.
A near-by plaque reads:
"John Muir, 1838-1914. 'I care to live only to entice people to look at nature's loveliness .'A gift to the community of Martinez from Shell Oil Company to commemorate its 75 years in Martinez. December 6, 1990."
Photograph by Harold Wood, October 14, 2000.

John Muir Statue at John Muir Medical Center,  Walnut Creek, California

Statue of Muir at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California

Sculpted by Phillip Levine and sons.
Photograph by Harold Wood.

Thumbnail of Statue of John Muir as a Boy in Dunbar Scotland photo by Graham White

Statue of John Muir as a boy, Dunbar Scotland - Photo by Graham White
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Bust of John Muir at John Muir National Historic Site,  Photo by Krista Kennell

Bust of Muir at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California

Photograph © by Krista Kennell 2001, used by permission.

John Muir Statue at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts,  Saratoga, California, Photo by Janice Albert

Bust of Muir at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, California.

Ironically, this bust is located on the grounds of the country home of Muir's nemesis on the Hetch Hetchy battle, James Phelan.

Sculpted by Gertrude Boyle Kanno
Photograph by Janice Albert.

Miniature bust of John  Muir by Impressions UK Miniature Bust by Impressions Scotland, Ltd.

Handcrafted and hand painted in Scotland by Impressions Scotland, Ltd. Material is herculite, a cold cast ceramic. Available in Ivory or White Finish. A full-color version is also planned. 5 1/4 inches high.

Bust of John Muir by RR Hampton III, 1985

Bust by RR Hampton III

This bust is in bronze, placed on a granite plinth, with a title plaque: JOHN MUIR 1838-1914. The back is inscribed RR HAMPTON III 1985.
The bust has been on display at John Muir's Birthplace in Dunbar, Scotland, awaiting re-development and re-opening in 2002. It is owned by East Lothian Museums Service.
John Muir was adopted by East Lothian Council as 'Man of the Millennium' in celebration of the year 2000. Photo copyright and provided here courtesy of the East Lothian Museums Service.

Bust of Andrew M. Lostar

Bust by Andrew M. Lostar

From the Yosemite National Park collection.


Bust of John Muir by Meera Censor, 2002

Bust by Meera Censor, 2002

This bust is available in bronze or hydrastone from the sculptor. It is part of the sculptor's Sculpture of the Humanitarians: "In the Service of Love Series."

The sculptor, Meera Censor, observes that "John Muir worked to preserve peaceful places. Much needed in our desire for peace on the planet are natural places that bring peace to the soul, and to allow the peace process to blossom in humanity. He is very dear to my heart."


John Muir Sculpture in Yosemite National Park Visitor Center

Bronze Statue at Yosemite Visitor Center

A life-size bronze statue of John Muir is included as part of the new interactive Visitor Center exhibits at Yosemite National Park, unveiled April 13, 2007. With a photographic panorsama in the background, and room for visitors to have their picutre taken next to Muir, the sculpture is one of the most photographed exhibits in the new Visitor Center. Commissioned by the National Park Service, the sculptor was Bridget Keimel. The head and hands were sculpted in clay, while the hat, clothing, and boots were put on a frame prior to the lost wax casting to make the bronze. (Source: Victoria Mates, Branch Chief of Interpretation, Yosemite National Park, who served on the original project management team. 7-20-10)

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A "landscape view" version of this image is also available here.

Photos © 2007 by Harold Wood.

Sculpture 1 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010

"Mountain Muir" - Sculpture 1 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010

The sculptor, William Pettee, explains his inspiration for creating this bronze sculpture as follows:

Yosemite has been one of my favorite destinations since I was a child, and as homage to Mr. Muir, I felt inspired to sculpt him in bronze at that wondrous location. The statue is intended to picture Mr. Muir as he stands upon a cliff edge and looks out over the wonders of Yosemite Valley.

Sculpture 1 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010

"Nature's Prophet" - Sculpture 2 of 2 by Will Pettee, 2010

John Muir sits upon a boulder in Nature’s cathedral, his eyes alighting upon the wonders that have been the source of his daily inspiration. His mind races to find a way to put into mere words a way to describe what can only be experienced. Like the prophet Moses leading his people into the wilderness, so too has he come to free us from our troubles and tell us all….

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir

From the Artist: “John Muir inspires me everyday to be a better steward of the environment and to do my best to preserve and protect it and I would like to share that inspiration with others. I am devoted to keeping the memory of John Muir and his legacy alive in the best way I know how. Being an artist, this has been to create him in sculpture.


For identification of more portraits in art and sculpture (without images), see our listing of John Muir art and sculpture from the National Catalog of American Portraits page.

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