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Lewis and Clark Discovery
Artist Eugene L. Daub portrays a scene simultaneously in pause and in motion with this relief sculpture. Lewis and Clark look out over their expedition team with their journal and sextant (navigational tool) contemplating the expedition to come while a band of men load and heave large wooden canoes into the water. Sacagawea looks past the scene in the same direction with child fastened to her back. The wind blows the fabric of her dress in the same direction as her gaze emphasizing the still capture of a chaotic moment. The three of them each appear noble in their respective positions, a style characteristic of the artist's sculptural works. A band across the bottom of the relief has thumbnail depictions of some of the flora and fauna discovered along the way. Lewis and Clark left a lasting legacy in the fields of botany, zoology, geology, and ethnology. This plaque is a scale replica of the monumental bronze mural commissioned for the Senate Chamber in the Montana State Capitol by the Montana State Historical Society, in cooperation with the Montana State Senate and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.