7 Wichita Sculptures
Wichita has an abundance of sculptures viewable to the public. Here is a list of seven sculptures and collections around town.
Georgia Weber Collection
Starting in 1997 and finishing in 2001 Georgia Weber, (commissioned by the DeVore Foundation), sculpted a total of 31 bronze statues along Douglas Avenue (between Topeka and Main) as part of the downtown renovation efforts.
Sculpted by Artist Steve Murillo in 2003, the Wichita Stonehenge in Central Riverside Park serves as an accurate solar calendar. The Sun's location can be plotted by aligning the stones at sunrise, noon, and sunset at the start of every season.
Keeper of the Plains
Likely one of Wichita's most recognizable sculptures, The Keeper of the Plains was erected in 1974 at the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas Rivers. Donated by Native American Artist Blackbear Bosin to the City of Wichita to commemorate the bicentennial of the United States, the site serves as a tribute to the Native American tribes of the area. The statue can be seen illuminated by the "Ring of Fire" Nightly for 15 minutes beginning at 9pm in the spring and summer and 7pm in the fall and winter (weather permitting.)
Paragon (Waterwalk Statue)
Constructed in 2003 by artist Albert Paley as part of the Waterwalk construction, Paragon stands 39 feet 4 inches tall at the southwest corner of Main and Waterman. The sculpture is comprised of weathering steal, stainless steal, and bronze.
Wind Spirit Gateway
Designed by artist Robert Roesch, The Wind Spirit Gateway was intended to capture the spirit of Wichita and beautify a main entrance to the city, combining elements such as fans and pyramids to build the outlines of boats with stainless steel sails on either side of Main St. on the North side of Kellogg Ave.
Located inside the ticketing wing of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport's new terminal. Inspired by aviation elements, the piece is meant to evoke the feeling and sensation of flight. Designed by Ed Carpenter, the sculpture was installed along with the construction of the new terminal in April of this year.
John Kearney Sculptures
An eye catcher when driving through downtown Wichita. A chrome horse made of car bumpers sits alongside the Bank of America Center (100 N Broadway). Three more chrome bumper sculptures consisting of a giraffe, a pig, and goats, sit inside the building's lobby. Artist John Kearney has several more pieces on display throughout the city including another horse at Wichita State University, a cat at the Wichita Art Museum and two bulls which sat in front of the former Kansas Coliseum. The two are now split, one at Maize South High School and the other in the Delano District.
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