The West & Texas - Borrowed Paradise | Photography by Will Crites-Krumm
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Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

Austin, Texas // 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 love to enshrine in the cultural archetype of the cowboy. Yet, like most statues--going back to the divine delts and godly abs chiseled out of marble by the Greek version of photo retouchers, it represents an abstracted perfection totally unattainable to any actual human being. In this case, it's complete, free-wheeling, hat-holding freedom. In a cruel taste of irony, however, this icon of liberty is completely frozen in place.