Updated with pictures of the final bust, which was unveiled on September 11, 2018.
In just a few weeks, South Dakotans will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1993 state plane crash that took the lives of Governor George S. Mickelson and seven others.
During the 2018 Legislative Session, legislators unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 1006, calling for a bust of George S. Mickelson, a former House Speaker, to be placed in the State House Lobby. The resolution read, in part:
WHEREAS, George Speaker Mickelson, a son of Selby, was born during the 1941 session of the South Dakota State Legislature, during which his father, George T. Mickelson, served as Speaker of the House, and at the urging of House members was given the middle name, Speaker, to recognize his father’s position;
And it went on to conclude:
WHEREAS, as a Speaker of the House, son of a Speaker of the House, father of a Speaker of the House, distinguished state representative, and Governor, it is fitting and proper for the South Dakota State Legislature to memorialize Mickelson;
Sculptor James Michael Maher was commissioned to create the Mickelson bust. Maher is an accomplished South Dakota artist, whose work includes nine Trail of Governors statues, including both George T. Mickelson and George S. Mickelson.
On Veto Day, Maher brought his clay sculpture of George S. Mickelson to the Capitol for display. The sculpture will be taken to the foundry and cast in bronze, and that bronze bust will be placed in the House lobby later this year.
Here is a picture of the final bronze bust, which was unveiled on September 11, 2018:
Here are a couple pictures of the clay bust: