University Museums

Title: Trophy
Name: Statue, Trophy
Date: 1900
Medium: Bronze
Country/Culture: Italian
Dimensions: 41 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (104.8 x 33.7 x 31.1 cm)
Marks: Fond. G. Vignali. Firenze (Italy)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: International Livestock Exhibition Award, 1908, 1909, 1912. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Curtiss Hall
Object Number: U84.39
More Information
"Early in the Twentieth Century, two trophies were competed for annually in stock judging contests at the International Live Stock shows at Chicago. The contests were open to all Agricultural Colleges of United States and Canada, each school competing sending a team of five men…
…As with all great movements, the International Live Stock Exposition was born of a great necessity. And like the first centralized live stock market established at Chicago in 1866, the Exposition soon became the inspiration and model for other enterprises of the kind patterned after it, located in widely distributed regions of the country, and extending even to other nations. Its instant, brilliant success also gave renewed life and strength to the live stock departments of all local and state fairs, so that Chicago immediately became headquarters for another great movement, destined to change the character and value of the live stock throughout the Western hemisphere…
…The mission of the International Live Stock Exposition, as planned by its projectors, was to gather into one place the best specimens of cattle, sheep, swine and horses that could be found, and thereby present to the agricultural population of the United States a great and valuable educational opportunity, wherein the eye and the mind should be instructed and encouraged to the production of better animals for breeding, marketing and exporting, thus encouraging greater consumption of American animals and meats at home and abroad, and meeting foreign competition and overcoming antagonistic foreign legislation in the only permanently successful way in which they can be met and overcome."

Source: Review and Album International Live Stock Exposition, 1913, International Live Stock Exposition, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, pp 5-13.