Hiking at Delicate Arch Bronze Plaque
A backpacker hikes through Arches National Park, where he sees this magnificent view.

I have been to this park many times, it is one of the most beautiful places in this country. Most of the hikes are short and lead to well-known features such as Delicate Arch, Double Arch, the Three Wise Men, and others. Several of these landmarks were shown in the opening of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", but some were from neighboring Bryce, Zion, and King's Canyon parks. Although the park is comparatively small, they do allow backpacking. It is truly amazing to sit among the arches, watch the sun set, feel the welcome drop in temperature, and watch the stars come out.

This guy is hiking the Upper Viewpoint trail, where he has a breathtaking view of some of the most dramatic features in the park. Off-trail hiking is allowed, so this guy is planning to walk down through the gullies, then along the wash to his campsite for the night. From there he will have a fantastic view of Delicate Arch and other shapes carved from the rock by sand and wind. What a great trip!

This sculpture is available unframed or in a special framed limited edition version. The framed version contrasts the precise shapes of a bronze sculpture with the fluid shapes of an oil painting. The sculpted bronze shapes are complemented by the dark reds, browns, and brick colors of the actual stone. These colors bring to mind warmth of desert rock and play off the lighter color of the plaque. Each Limited Edition plaque comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

This is a wonderful gift for a backpacker. It can be hard to find the right hiker gift, but this backpacker sculpture could be perfect. So if you are looking for a truly unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for hiker in your life, check out the two different versions of "Hiking at Delicate Arch".

Here are some close up detail photos of some details from this sculpture:
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Above on the left is part of the magnificent procession of sandstone formations for which Arches National Park is famous. The thin arch, appropriately named Delicate Arch is one of the most popular arches in the park, and can be reached by a short hike. Also shown in Balanced Rock. Though not an arch, it is a great example of how wind and sand can carve rock into an endless variety of shapes. On the right is the backpacker figure, complete with external frame pack, bedroll, shorts, floppy hat, hiking boots, and canteen. He is a classic traditional hiker, using gear you may have carried if you hiked in the 60s, 70s, or early 80s.

Shown below is the
Hiking at Delicate Arch Bronze Plaque

Two separate pieces. Larger plaque is a bonded bronze sculpture, 17 inches wide by 6 inches tall with hanging wire on the back. Smaller pieces is a metallic finished figurine attached to bonded bronze base, 5 inches wide by 3 inches tall, with wall hanger bracket on back.

Price $169.00

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This is something new for me! Two separate pieces lets you change the effect of this sculpture. By changing the relationship of the hiker to the arches, you can create different effects. The sense of distance changes as you move the hiker around: the arrangement below at left emphasizes the wide horizontal space, the center one gives more strength to the towering vertical feeling of the park, while on the right re-creates the view you have while looking at this scene from the Upper Viewpoint.
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Shown below is the
Hiking at Delicate Arch Bronze Plaque
Framed Limited Edition of Fifty

Bonded bronze sculptures plus metallic finished figurine mounted against an oil painting on hardboard. Framed size 21 inches wide by 17 inches tall with a hanging wire on the back. Includes a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

Price $319.00

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