Seattle wager (left): Sound of Waves by Kako Tsuji. Denver wager (right): Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington.
If you haven’t heard, that annual all-powerful, awe-inspiring, inescapable media spectacle that is the Super Bowl is happening tomorrow. There’s also going to be a football game.
To add to the suspense, the directors of the Denver Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum decided to place bets on the game with pieces from their collections. Their wager: if the Broncos win, the Seattle Art Museum will send a turn-of-the-century Japanese screen depicting an eagle (not a seahawk) titled Sound of Waves to Denver for three months. If the Seahawks win, the Denver Art Museum will send a Frederic Remington bronze sculpture Bronco Buster. The losing side will, of course, have to cover the necessary costs associated with loaning the piece out.
Trash talking between Seattle Art Museum Director Kimerly Rorschach and Denver Art Museum Director Christoph Heinrich can be found here.