Artist Sues Kevin Costner To Force Sculpture Sale
After filming much of his Academy Award-winning movie "Dances with Wolves" in South Dakota, Costner bought land and a casino and announced plans for a resort called The Dunbar on the edge of Deadwood. Those plans never fully came to fruition and for a time the sculpture had no home. According to the Rapid City Journal, Costner eventually spent $6 million to create a display site for the sculpture and build a visitors center: Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Detmers says she wasn't really included in the project.
While on the witness stand, Costner said he hasn't given up on the dream of creating a five-star resort in South Dakota. At issue in this case is a 2000 contract. The reason this case is coming to court now is that Detmers says the contract requires the sale of the sculpture if The Dunbar was not built by 2010. Detmers says that at the time of signing Costner promised her it would be built and her sculpture would be displayed there. The contract details also contain a clause that Costner must display the sculpture in an agreeable site within three years after the final sculpture was delivered to the mold makers which was in 2000. Costner also testified that he spent $1.5 million on the sculpture, above the $1 million originally mentioned. Detmers says the sculpture is now worth $2.2 million. She received $350,000 for her work, $100,000 more than they had originally agreed upon and Costner paid for the manufacturing of the works. Courtroom testimony revealed that he has spent over $20 million trying to make this resort happen. The case is ongoing.