A crowd of approximately 100 William Shatner fans and 11 media outlets gathered in our lobby Tuesday morning to witness Shatner and his wife Elizabeth unveil a 200-pound bronze sculpture he donated to the museum.
The dramatic sculpture, “Way of Horse and Bow,” features a samurai warrior on horseback. It was created by Kentucky artist Douwe Blumberg, and is a copy of a sculpture that the Shatners have on display in their front yard.
“My love of the simplicity and complexity of Japanese art is totally fulfilled in the statue by Douwe Blumberg,” Shatner said. See a partial video of his remarks plus videos of the unveiling below.
The donation and unveiling are in conjunction with the opening of the Frazier Museum’s new “Samurai” exhibition that explores one of the greatest warrior cultures in history and how it shaped an entire nation. “Samurai” opened May 12 and runs through September 30.
Below: In the first two videos, Shatner and his wife Elizabeth unveil and speak about the sculpture, “Way of Horse and Bow.” In the third video, Shatner gives brief remarks about the Frazier Museum and about the artist, Kentucky native Douwe Blumberg. Visit our Facebook page for a full photo gallery.