Ken Mayernik is a local artist who grew up in the Great Falls area and spent his life in the Montana wilderness.
"I'm from right around here, I grew up on a farm just south of Great Falls. so we still have the farm in the family and spent a lot of time there and in the mountains," explains Mayernik.
In fact it was the growing up in the great outdoors of big sky country that inspired Mayernik to do a modern day cowboy piece made of bronze.
"This is definitely Montana, it's definitely western, it's definitely Montana. For those who participate in the outdoors which is a lot of us Montanan's it definitely is about that," says Mayernik.
According to mayernik this statue entitled god's country is the largest one he has ever done standing about 9 feet tall and taking over a year to complete.
"It's the largest piece i have done. I have been anxious to do a little larger piece for some time and this has developed over the last 4 to 5 years and was able to create the piece since last august and we just got the piece back in bronze this last Tuesday and so it's been almost a year in the making," says Mayernik.
Currently this 9 foot statue is on display here at the Celtic Cowboy. Owner Wayne Thares says it was only natural that the Celtic Cowboy be the temporary home for the work of art.
"We just decided that this was the prefect space with this being the old carriage room of the old stable. The old Liberty Stable. Ken wanted to do his unveiling of his first major piece right here," says Thares.
You have a limited amount of time to see Mayernik's statue as after Tuesday the statue will be moving up to the Calgary Stampede where it will be sold.