The jewels in The Montana’s crown are the sculptures and intaglio carvings of international wildlife artist Gwynn Murrill. Curated by art consultant Marc Pally,
the collection of Gwynn’s work elevates The Montana to international acclaim, and garnered a Year in Review Citation, Best Public Art 2008 by Public Art Network/Americans for Art. A life-size cast bronze sculpture of a native Bighorn sheep is poised atop quarried limestone blocks with a waterfall at its feet. Sightlines from The Montana to the mountains create linkage to the habitat of the animals represented. Most visible are the pair of eagles carved into the building’s facade along Colorado Boulevard, above the main entrance, and a cougar above the porte cochère. While playing on a long tradition of architectural ornamentation, Murrill’s method is strictly contemporary in its reductive approach,
and complementary to The Montana’s architecture.