Pioneers of the Future.

Dazed Children of the Future

Field review by the editors.

Bismarck, North Dakota

The largest artwork on the grounds of the North Dakota state capitol is "The Pioneer Family," sculpted in 1946. Apparently feeling that a more up-to-date depiction was needed, "Pioneers of the Future" was unveiled a few feet away in 1989. Sculpted by by Jeffrey W. Barber, the bronze artwork depicts two slightly syrupy tweens, with odd tilted heads, walking and holding hands. "The path of the pioneer," informs its plaque, is now "a path of knowledge through education that opens up unknown truths about ourselves." Installed along a walkway surrounded by large trees, and spookily lit at night, North Dakota's Hansel and Gretel might instead be in imminent danger.

Pioneers of the Future.

The plaque notes that "1989 is at the threshold of the new Space Age." Decades later, North Dakota's spaced-out pair seem unlikely to ever escape the capitol grounds forest, let alone Earth's gravity.

Dazed Children of the Future

Address:
615 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND
Directions:
On the state capitol grounds. Enter the grounds from the north side of E. Boulevard Ave. at either N. 6th or N. 7th Sts. The statue will be almost immediately on the right, just past the first crosswalk. Parking spaces on the road.
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North Dakota Hall of FameNorth Dakota Hall of Fame, Bismarck, ND - < 1 mi.
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Peter Toth Indian Head, Mandan, ND - 5 mi.

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