But one of the other pieces of art in in the Ponca City area fascinated me just as much as the Pioneer Woman. Both were commissioned by the same man, but are two completely different works.
The other statue is crafted of light limestone and shows a more modern woman. Dressed in a long flowing gown with a fashionable fluff of hem, the statue depicts an assured lady of a different era, or at least, of a different society. You can easily imagine her stepping into the ballroom, glittering lights sparkling on her, and her moving with the grace of a dancer.
Lydie Marland's likeness was broken at her request, buried for years, and then dug up for restoration.
The statue once stood at the mansion Lydie lived in, but after the home was sold, the art ended up in a crate at Lydie's residence. Later, when she planned to move again, she hired someone to destroy the statue. He cracked the face and buried the artwork. After Lydie died, the statue was dug up, reassembled, and returned to the Marland Mansion.
I can imagine an older woman wondering what she was going to do with a life-sized statue of herself---particularly if she lived in a modest home. Imagine walking into an average living room and seeing a statue of the owner standing in the corner.
The moral of the story is--if you want your statue destroyed--really destroyed, quietly do it yourself. Otherwise, years later, it can end up on display, and you might not get a refund from the man you paid to get rid of it.