Actor William Shatner donates statue to Frazier Museum

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 8:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - Actor William Shatner was in Louisville Tuesday to donate a bronze samurai statue to the Frazier Museum in Downtown Louisville. 

The 200 pound piece of art features a warrior on horseback. The sculpture is a replica of a statue Shatner has at his home. 

“We’re very proud to be able to donate this piece to Frazier Museum, and it will last far longer than any of us,” Shatner said. 

The statue is just one of more than 200 artifacts from all over the world that is part of Frazier's new “Samurai” exhibit. Pieces in the exhibit explore as early as the 2nd and 3rd centuries.  

 “There is a mixture of refinement and warrior sensibility, and I think this statue reflects both those qualities,” Shatner said.

Kentucky Artist and close friend of the Shatner's, Douwe Blumberg, designed the sculpture, and for visitors, many said its features are striking. 

“It so gives the feel and detail and the emotion in the face of the samurai warrior really tells a lot,” Robert Goforth said.   

This is the first piece of art Shatner has donated to the museum. The exhibit runs now until September 30.

Click here for more information about the museum and the exhibit.

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