With Super Bowl XLVIII happening in just a few days, the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum have also joined in on the betting. The two art museums have both wagered the temporary loan of a major work of art, based on Sunday's outcome.
Seattle Art Museum has pledged to send Denver Forehead Mask – Nuxalk First Nation ca. 1880 from the museum's famous Northwest Coast Native American collection if the Broncos reign supreme. It's an magnificent tribal mask, which resembles a sea hawk.
“I’m confident that we will be enjoying [Frederic] Remington’s The Broncho Buster at SAM. We are already making plans to host it here in Seattle so that the 12th Man can see it,” said Rorschach of the Seattle Art Museum.
And if the Seahawks win, Denver Art Museum has agreed to send Seattle a bronze statue of a cowboy atop a horse, a piece called The Broncho Buster.
“We know the Broncos won’t be busted on Super Bowl Sunday,” said Heinrich of the Denver Art Museum. “I am looking forward to giving the losing team’s mascot a special place of honor in Bronco Nation.”
The city that wins will get to keep the work of art for three months. Additionally, all shipping costs and other expenses will be covered by the losing city. Looks like the heat is on for these two rivaling museums. Guess we'll just have to see who gets to keep what this Sunday.