In 2004, the City of Fort Smith’s Sculpture Fort Smith project selected the Miller Branch to be one of 12 locations to display a sculpture on loan. The piece selected for the Miller Branch was a bronze sculpture by artist David Iles of Bolivar, Texas. Titled “One Dark Spring Night,” the sculpture depicts a lassoed wild hog. According to the artist, the sculpture was inspired by a childhood experience. As children living in Texas, David Iles and his sister and brother tried to rope a wild hog who wandered up into their yard, “smack dab” between their house and his mother’s gardenia bush. Fortunately for them, they didn’t succeed, but their attempt became an often-told family story.
At the conclusion of the sculpture’s loan period, Miller Branch customer Carole Crockett purchased the sculpture and donated it to the Miller Branch in memory of her sister, Joan Crockett Short. Shortly after, the Miller Branch hosted a “Name the Hog” contest. The sculpture was named “Gardenia Sebastian” after the artist’s story of the inspiration of the statue and the name of the county in which the sculpture now resides.