The story behind the painted bison in the Fargo area

Inside local businesses and on the streets of Fargo and its sister cities West Fargo and Moorhead live a herd of bison.

Built to scale, these painted statues dot the city, drawing the attention of curious citizens and temporary tourists alike.

What are they doing here? How many of them are there? Where can I find the rest of the herd? This post will tell ya!


History of the Painted Bison Herd

Herd About The Prairie: A Virtual Art Stampede” was launched by The Arts Partnership (formerly the Lake Agassiz Arts Council) in 2005 and concluded with a public unveiling in 2006 at the Fargo Marathon.

Since then, these public works of art have been dispersed throughout the community and enjoyed by thousands of people living in and visiting the area.

39 full-size bison and 1 calf were created in a minimum 90-day timeframe by different local artists selected by a jury.

Of these 100 lb. fiberglass statues, any that weren’t kept by their sponsors were sold via a public auction. All proceeds from the auction went back to The Arts Partnership to continue doing creative work within the Fargo-Moorhead community and supporting the artists and art organizations that make up their association.

Where can I find the painted bison?

Where can you find all of these gems, you ask? With some in other parts of North Dakota and Minnesota region, there are approximately ­20 of these beauties that can be easily found in the Fargo area.

These bison are well-tempered and will allow selfies (don’t try this in the wild, people!).

You can see photos of some of the bison on this Pinterest board. If you’re on a mission to see as many as possible, this map of their locations might be helpful.

OUTSIDE

These buffalo stay outdoors so you can view them anytime.

Aunie

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center | 2001 44th St S, Fargo

Bison Pull Toy & Spirits of the Prairie

Rocking Horse Housing Development | 4844 Rocking Horse Cir S, Fargo

Dakota Dream

University of Mary | 1351 Page Dr S, Suite 103, Fargo

Fire & Wind

NDSU Research & Technology Park | 1834 Research Circle N, Fargo

Gogh-Bison-Go

Rourke Art Museum | 521 Main Ave, Moorhead

Heartbeat of the Red River Valley

Wimmer’s Diamonds | 602 Main Ave, Fargo

Industrial Bison

RDO Equipment Company | 700 7th St S, Fargo

Mashkode-Pijiki

Microsoft Fargo Campus | 3900 Great Plains Dr S, Fargo

Ms. B… Flying Diva

YWCA | 3000 S University Dr, Fargo

Nights in the Valley

Atomic Coffee | 222 Broadway, Fargo

Pace-alo

NDSU Renaissance Hall | 650 NP Ave, Fargo

Plains, Pioneers, Progress

Southside Centership Mall | 1503 S University Dr, Fargo

Tigalo

Red River Zoo | 4220 21 Ave S, Fargo

INSIDE

Since these statues are inside of buildings with limited hours, we recommend calling ahead before going to find them.

A Foot in the Past, An Eye to the Future

NDSU Memorial Union | 1401 Administration Ave, Fargo

A Path Through the Prairie

Don’s Car Wash | 2727 13th Ave S, Fargo

Brutus, Wacapi Wanagi, Art, & Jim Bob

PRACS Office Building | 4801 Amber Valley Parkway S, Fargo

Buffalo Path, The Gathering

West Acres Shopping Center | 3902 13 Ave S, Fargo

Diversity

Fargo City Hall | 225 4th St N, Fargo

Tag, You’re It

WDAY | 808 3 Ave S, Fargo


Make sure you tag your photos with #NorthOfNormal so we can follow your adventure. Happy hunting!