Descent of Civilization
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.