William Queor, born NY 1910-died Saint Lawrence, NY 1980
carved and painted wood with mixed media
overall: 8 1/4 x 23 x 5 3/4 in. (21.0 x 58.3 x 14.6 cm.) irregular part B: 1 5/16 x 5 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.4 x 13.8 x 0.5 cm.) part C: 1 1/16 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. (2.7 x 9.5 x 0.5 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
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William Queor created this piece to memorialize the logging industry around the turn of the century. In the early days of logging there were few roads and railroads to transport the logs. Workers did most of the cutting in the winter, because the icy conditions made it easier to move the wood. Queor’s sculpture shows two horses pulling a sled full of logs bound for the river where, in the spring, the wood will be floated downstream to the mill.