Descent of Civilization

September 25, 2016

Location:  Broadway Boulevard and W 9th Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner:  DST Systems


Artist:  Marc Swanson


Dates:  Installed October 11, 2010; Dedicated October 13, 2010


Medium:  Bronze (sculpture), limestone (base)



AKA Bison Memorial, American Buffalo Statue


A memorial to the great herds of bison that roamed the Great Plains that were hunted almost to extinction due to the expansion and development of the United States and is now lost forever.  On the north face of the base, a quote by zoologist William T. Hornaday refers to this as the "descent of civilization," which gives the sculpture its name.













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