Freedom Hangs Like Heaven
This statue has been erected, appropriately, In front of the Texas Capitol in Austin. Forever frozen in a free-wheeling, hat-holding horse-rearing, it is an immortally idealized image of the freedom and individuality that we Americans have culturally enshrined in the archetype of the cowboy. Yet, like most statues, going back to the divine delts and superhuman abs chiseled out of marble by the Greek version of photo retouchers, it represents and abstracted perfection totally unattainable to any actual human being: freedom. Unfortunately, this symbol of absolute freedom appears to have had little choice in becoming that.