- Solon Hannibal Borglum (American, Ogden, Utah 1868–1922 Stamford, Connecticut)
- 1899–1900; cast 1906–07
- 4 1/4 × 20 1/2 × 2 3/8 in., 7 lb. (10.8 × 52.1 × 6 cm, 3.2 kg)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1907
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Borglum began modeling Bulls Fighting on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota during the summer of 1899. The animals—one wild, with longer horns; the other domesticated and stouter—are depicted at the moment of impact, their perfectly counter-balanced forms graphically underlining the intensity of their struggle. Borglum’s group offers a symbolic comment on the decline of the Texas longhorn cattle population in the early twentieth century, when other, weightier breeds were developed that yielded more meat and were preferred by ranchers.