Artwork copyright David Govedare. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artwork copyright David Govedare. Photo courtesy of Washington State Arts Commission.

White Buffalo Shield, 1996

David Govedare
(American, born 1950)

Location: Mary Walker High School, Springdale


White Buffalo Shield is part of Northwest artist David Govedare's series of symbolic shields. These metal sculptures use landscape imagery and animal figures to create visual narratives. He notes, "The shields with animal imagery are all creatures with close ties to my own life. I only depict those creatures that I have shared contact with...the development of my art comes from man's ancient urge to document inspiration."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Mary Walker School District.


Northwest sculptor David Govedare uses human and animal figures to create symbolic and visual narratives.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumWelded steel, faux stone finish
Dimensions40 in x 30 in x 4 in
ID NumberWSAC1996.039.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyMary Walker School District
Artwork LocationMary Walker High School
Main hallway, outside Library
WA CountyStevens
Site TypePublic School
Address500 N 4th Street
Springdale, WA 99173
Geo. Coordinates48.059661 | -117.745781
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