This larger-than-life sculpture, "The Pony Express", was conceived and created by the heart and hands of Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897 - 1987).Born into an artistic family in Provo, Utah, Avard Fairbanks showed childhood talent for creative expression by sculpting animals from clay. As he grew, he sought new learning experiences to further his ability in giving shape to the history that inspired him. After studying Fine Art at Yale University, sculpting in marble while in Italy on a fellowship, and teaching while continuing his education at the University of Michigan, by 1936 Avard Fairbanks earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in anatomy.To celebrate the Utah Centennial in 1947, the sculptor rendered this dynamic symbol of American pioneer spirit, based on the qualities of vigorous youth encouraged by strength and wisdom of an older generation. While various Pony Express sculptures exist, this work is unique in depicting two men and two horses. The interdependence of humans and horses was key to the success of the Pony Express.Professor Fairbanks expressed his philosophy in his creations - that the arts can ennoble the highest ambitions and spiritual hope of a people, and their meaning can be understood by people of all ages. This magnificent example of his love for art was donated to the United States of America by the sons of Avard Fairbanks, in August 2001.