One of the other attractions at the Sod House Museum was a sculpture of a bison made completely from barbed wire. The story behind the creation as was told to me went something like this:
After Merle built the sod house many years ago his friends said he needed a buffalo. Then one friend chimed in saying he could buy a sculpture of one made from wire. “Well I can do that” Merle said and so people around the area gladly donated their unwanted wire, for back then there were no recycling centers and you couldn't just put unwanted barbed wire in a landfill. That winter he and his son worked at creating the buffalo. When they were done they realized it was too heavy to move with their tractor. So they had to hire a truck with a hoist to transport the beast to the site.
I cannot even begin to imagine bending all this sharp pointy wire in such tight coils.
Meanwhile people kept dropping off their unwanted barbed wire and he couldn't stop them from doing so. So he went and made a horse with an Indian on it.
There were no other sculptures so I guess Merle finally got the farmers to quit dropping off their unwanted barbed wire, or they simply ran out of the stuff.