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Public Art

Daviess County has many fine pieces of public art scattered throughout the City of Owensboro and outer regions.  Please peruse the list below and use the interactive map to get directions to something that catches your eye!

White Deer of Autumn

407 West Veterans Boulevard, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Denny Haskew - 2016
Location: Riverwalk
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


This life-size bronze sculpture depicting a young Native American woman expressing the ideology of concerns for the environment was created by Colorado sculptor Denny Haskew. Haskew has other works of public art in Owensboro, including "Love Song," a bronze and stone sculpture purchased in 2005 from the art museum's Riverbend Sculpture Biennial by Wax Works, Inc., and installed on East Second Street. "Strength of the Maker," also by Haskew and a bronze of a Native American buffalo hunter, is installed in OMFA's Ryan Sculpture Park. Denny Haskew’s monumental stone sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections across the country. Installation sites include the cities of Aurora and Loveland, CO, and Cerritos, CA; Eastern Illinois University; Potawatomi Museum, Oklahoma; Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, VA; IBM Corporation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Danny Thomas Collection, Nashville, TN. He is a member of the National Sculptors' Guild.


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Wendell Ford

NW Corner St. Ann and 3rd St.,

Sculptor: Barney Bright - 1979
Sponsor: Daviess County Democratic Party

This bronze bust was sculpted by Barney Bright of Louisville. Bright is arguably the single most influential Louisville artist of the second half of the 20th century; a sculptor of such great facility and grace that his bronze statues seem often to belong more in the wind than anchored in terra firma. In his work we find a suppleness of form that can be warm and sensual enough that it is not a stretch to imagine a beating heart within the figures. Bright also has made a life-size bronze of professional basketball player Julius Erving, which stands at the entrance of the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia. In Louisville you can see his River Horse Romano in front of the Mazzoli Federal Building's entrance and his "Truth and Justice," floating Nudes in front of the Legal Arts Building.


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Vine Bike

124 West 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Chris Schartung - 2014
Sponsor: Larry and Rosemary Conder

The 7-foot-tall green galvanized steel replica of an 1880s high-wheeler — a bicycle with a large front wheel, a small rear wheel and a high seat— entwined by a vine was done by Chris Schartung, a local metal artist. It features a rider with a top hat that's about a foot tall and a big handlebar mustache on the bicycle seat, in part to keep people from climbing onto the top of the sculpture. It doubles as a bicycle rack for people who ride their bikes downtown. Chris has a 15 year background in structural building and welding and in recent years Blacksmithing. His pieces are original and mix blacksmith style work with modern day fabrication. He builds custom railings, balconies, gates and art work.


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Vertigo

501 West 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Mark Chew - 2015
Location: South East Corner of Convention Center
Sponsor: Big River Rubber and Gasket Company


This 12-foot tall stainless steel abstract sculpture is by Miami, Florida artist Mark Chew. It is a sculpture of rough ground and highly polished surfaces. Chew, a prominent sculptor and professional engineer, is represented by public works featured across the country, including the municipal collections of Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida. Recent commissions include an international sculpture project at Texas Tech University and commissions by Marriott Hotels in New York City and Las Vegas Nevada. His artwork has an industrial dimension, based upon experiences in the energy and aerospace industries. Powerful abstractions that have been energized through stainless steel, low carbon steel, brass, and aluminum medium. He has also designed a line of custom bicycles. Some of his custom bicycles have appeared on CBS's The Price is Right and The Discovery Channel's American Chopper. Mark grew up as a welder in the Midwest with a strong passion to create. Mentored by some of the best instructors, he has developed his own unique style. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University. He has over 25 years of combined industry experience. Mark is also a United States armed forces veteran.


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Transformation

501 West 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Fisher Stolz - 2015
Location: South East Corner of Convention Center
Sponsor: Tim Ebelhar

This large (16'L x 10'W x 12'H) abstract sculpture of stainless steel and bronze is by Fisher Stolz, Washington, Illinois. This sculpture, exhibited in Chicago’s Grant Park prior to here, complements the contemporary architecture of the convention center. Stolz is a nationally prominent sculptor with public work featured throughout the Midwest, including the International Terminal at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Recent commissions include a major outdoor sculpture for Caterpillar, a large interior work for the Peoria Civic Center, and a series of exterior and interior bronze and stainless steel reliefs for the campus of Bradley University. His sculpture is created primarily in stainless steel, cast metals and stone that range in scale from interior pedestal pieces through large outdoor works. Stolz received the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and has studied and taught sculpture abroad in Cortona, Italy. He is a tenured professor teaching sculpture at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and a member of Chicago Sculpture International.


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Three Ladybugs

717 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301, United States

Sculptor: David Stratton and the Art in Service to the Community Program - 2008
Location: Brescia University Science Building

These pieces of art was done by David Stratton as a promotion for the David Roger’s Big Bugs show at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in 2008. It was one of 10 large sculptures that were created by regional artists. This project was part of the Brescia University Art in Service to the Community Program as an interdisciplinary public arts/works program to provide creative solutions to area businesses and local municipalities. Other projects untaken by the program include Greenbelt Banners, Public sculptures, Girl Scout Camp chainsaw frogs and Prairie-grass, native grass plots along Greenbelt. David Stratton is Professor of Art and Graphic Design teaching foundations, history, studio, theory, and design software at Brescia University since 1996. He is sole proprietor of a freelance design consultancy since 1992. His research awards include the Al Smith Fellowship of Kentucky 2007; selected for Owensboro representation as USA artist in Czech Republic-Olomouc-Sister Cities Exhibit 201; Logo category winner in Graphic Design USA Magazine national competition 2011; published in the 2003 Community of Inquiry Journal on Art, Service, and Ethics (co-written), and has had 28 solo exhibits with his artwork. He earned his BFA in graphic design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and MS in drawing and MFA in painting from Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL.


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The Fireboys Team

512 East 9th Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Jim Davidson - 2002
Sponsor: Gene and Mary Dixon Baker

This statue of four boys on a ladder with a fire hose was a gift to the Owensboro Fire Department from the owners of the Bakers Rack at Wesleyan Park Plaza in appreciation for their response to their fire on February 10, 2002


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The Cowboy

5760 U.S. 60, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Unknown - 2002
Sponsor: Steve Young

"The Cowboy" was originally in front of Cowboy's of Kentucky Tack & Trailer on KY 81. When Cowboy's moved to US 60 they moved the statue with them. After Cowboy's closed, the facility became the Bittel Equestrian Center which housed DreamRiders of Kentucky. Before coming to Owensboro the sculpture was in Texas. It is believed this statue was produced in the 1960s by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals. There are a few others like it across the country. Prewitt Fiberglass Animals of Lawndale, CA was owned by Bob Prewitt and produced many of the giant chickens, pigs, buffalo, horses, and other animals still seen around the country today.


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The Big Brush

712 Kentucky Parkway, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Gary Bielefield - 1994
Sponsor: Paint Headquarters

This 23-foot paint brush is made with aluminum sheeting and 800 feet of water pipe. During the 1980's and 1990s Gary Bielefeld made many large pieces of art. First was the Kentucky Mirror Mosaic in 1983. Then there was "The Big Tool Belt" - a 40-foot-by-25-foot sculpture on the front of Thriftway Lumber created in 1987 and torn down in 2011. In 1991 he created "The Big Sack" - a 40-foot tall bag of groceries - at Wetzel's Grocery in Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center. It was torn down in 2000. Smaller projects included a giant printing press downtown, the giant Subway sandwich, the fork at Daily Delicious, an oversize pencil, paper and scissors at Sutton Elementary School, and the ribbon on the Baker’s Rack car. All those giant art pieces were commissioned by local businesses to attract attention, but they really created landmarks.


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The Bathers

1020 Breckenridge Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Isaac Witkin - 2007
Sponsor: Atmos Energy and Boardwalk Pipeline/Texas Gas Transmission

The Bathers, fashioned in cast bronze, is a 9-foot tall, 5-foot wide work by Isaac Witkin of Pemberton, N.J. This was his last commissioned piece. A plaque in front of the sculpture says the work is meant to represent the "cleansing and healing spirit shared among patients and caregivers." The late Isaac Witkin, an internationally renowned modern sculptor, became nearly an instant success after completing studies at London's St. Martin School of Art in the early 1960s. His work was first described as having a Pop Art-like look, becoming a style of modern sculpture that revitalized the art world during the latter part of the 20th century. Often called an innovator in abstract metal sculpture, Mr. Witkin's work can be found in famous collections in the United States and throughout the world. Isaac Witkin is principally known for his bold and formal constructivist steel pieces from the 1960s and later for his soft-edged, organic bronze pieces, such as 'The Bathers', generated from Witkin’s improvised explorations of experimental foundry techniques in which molten bronze is directly poured onto a bed of sand.


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Strength of the Maker

977 KY-2831, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Denny Haskew - 2014
Location: Ryan Art Park - North East Corner of Frederica & 10th
Sponsor: Ann Murphy Kincheloe


This one and one-fourth life-sized bronze figure of a Native American hunter was created by Loveland, Colorado artist Denny Haskew. The sculpture complements the two mammoth bronze buffalo installed in Ryan Park which commemorate the origins of Owensboro. For centuries, thundering herds of buffalo created a path to the Ohio River, paving the way for settlers to enter the area and establish a community on the river’s bank. Denny Haskew’s monumental stone sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections across the country. Installation sites include the cities of Aurora and Loveland, CO, and Cerritos, CA; Eastern Illinois University; Potawatomi Museum, Oklahoma; Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, VA; IBM Corporation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Danny Thomas Collection, Nashville, TN. He is a member of the National Sculptors' Guild.


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Soldier’s Monument

285 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301

Sculptor: George Julian Zolnay - 1990
Sponsor: Daviess County Confederate Association and the John C. Breckinridge Chapter No. 306 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

New York artist George Julian Zolnay, who was known as ''the Sculptor of the South,'' created the 7-foot bronze figure that stands on a 9-foot, 3,300 pound hammered granite pedestal. It is a recreation of Zolnay's most famous work, a statue of Sam Davis. The statue's eyes look southwest toward Dixie. Its rifle is lowered. This soldier's fighting is obviously over. Perhaps he's headed home. Also notice that it is a common foot soldier, not a dashing cavalryman. The Soldiers Monument is a memorial to the common soldiers from Daviess County, which produced no generals in that war. The impetus for the memorial began on Dec. 6, 1889 - 24 years after the war ended. Jefferson Davis, the Kentucky-born president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans that day. Some 50 former Confederates gathered at the Daviess County Courthouse to mourn his passing. On Sept. 21, 1900, the 37th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, "an acre" of people, more than 5,000, flooded the courthouse square for the dedication ceremony according to newspapers of that day.


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Oberon

407 West Veterans Boulevard, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Don Lawler - 2015
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


This is a giant stone head is whimsical depiction of the “King of the Fairies,” a Shakespearean character from the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and was carved from a single block of Indiana Limestone. It weighs between 5,000 and 6,000 lbs. and measures 49" high x 46" front-to-back x 36" side-to-side. This was carved by Don Lawler who is a graduate of Centre College and apprenticed under Barney Bright (Bronze) and Paul Fields (Stone) in Louisville, KY. Some of his sculptures can be seen at Woodland Waterway in The Woodlands, Texas; 1 Main Street in Urbana, Illinois; Highland Park in Roanoke, Virginia; City Hall and Library, Oak Park, Illinois; and The Temple, Brown-Forman Corporation, and Central Park in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Meadowlands Pair

977 KY-2831, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: T.D. Kelsey - 2012
Location: Ryan Art Park - North East Corner of Frederica & 10th
Sponsor: Ron and Denise Payne


The bronze sculpture of a buffalo cow and calf (4' x 13' x 6.5') is by the Guthrie, TX artist T.D. Kelsey. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Following that, T.D. trained and showed his own cutting horses for several years. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his art. He is known for his intense, impressionistic sculptures that capture the spirit of his subjects. He is a member emeritus of the Cowboy Artists of America, fellow of the National Sculpture Society and was honored with a one-man show at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum where he has work on permanent display. He also has sculptures on permanent display at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions Museum, the C.M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Colorado Historical Museum, The Texas Interpretive Center, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Briscoe Museum, the Old Town Museum in Elk City, OK and two museums in Spain. This sculpture can also be found at the Briscoe Museum on The Riverwalk in San Antonio.


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Love Song

422 E 2nd St, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Denny Haskew - 2006
Sponsor: Terry and Jennifer Woodward

An 11-foot work of stone and bronze created by Potawatomi artist Denny Haskew of Loveland, Colo. The native American work features a bronze figure encased in stone. Only the face and hands, playing a flute, are visible. Denny Haskew’s monumental stone sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections across the country. Installation sites include the cities of Aurora and Loveland, CO, and Cerritos, CA; Eastern Illinois University; Potawatomi Museum, Oklahoma; Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, VA; IBM Corporation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Danny Thomas Collection, Nashville, TN. He is a member of the National Sculptors' Guild.


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Little Mo

293 Cs-1022, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Peter Reginato - 2006
Location: Contemporary Art Park - North East Corner of Frederica & 9th
Sponsor: Alton and Margaret Puckett Private Foundation


The painted steel construction was done by major American sculptor Peter Reginato, New York City, and is displayed in the park in memory of the late City Commissioner, Alton Puckett, who served municipal government from 1969 – 1977. Reginato’s signature polychromed metal assemblages are featured in numerous sculpture gardens across the nation and in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida; Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Corcoran Gallery of Art, both Washington, D. C.; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. A native of Dallas, Texas, Reginato grew up in Oakland, California. He studied at San Francisco Art Institute, California and later taught sculpture at Hunter College, New York. The artist has an extensive exhibition record in group and on-person exhibitions in major museums and galleries nationwide.


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Kentucky Mirror Mosaic

319 E. Second St., West Wall

Sculptor: Gary Bielefield - 1981
Sponsor: Progress Printing Company

This huge map of Kentucky stretches 110 feet from the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mountains and 43 feet from the Ohio River to Tennessee on the west wall of the Progress Printing Building (constructed 1886) visible from the Owensboro Bridge. Gary Bielefield did the project from July 2, 1981 to November 3, 1981. During the 1980's and 1990's Gary made many large pieces of art, starting with this mosaic. First was "The Big Tool Belt" - a 40-foot-by-25-foot sculpture - on the front of Thriftway Lumber created in 1987 and torn down in 2011. In 1991 he created "The Big Sack" - a 40-foot tall bag of groceries - at Wetzel's Grocery in Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center. It was torn down in 2000. Smaller projects included a giant printing press downtown, the giant Subway sandwich, the fork at Daily Delicious, an oversize pencil, paper and scissors at Sutton Elementary School, and the ribbon on the Baker’s Rack delivery car. All those giant art pieces were commissioned by local businesses to attract attention, but they really created landmarks. Today, Gary jokes that he switched from big stuff to miniatures because he’s been commissioned to work on model train sets, like designing buildings and painting itty-bitty pigeon heads. But his real passion these days is bamboo work. He grows his own bamboo, which he then forms into furniture, tables, and jewelry.


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Into the Wind

977 KY-2831, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: T.D. Kelsey - 2008
Location: Ryan Art Park - North East Corner of Frederica & 10th
Sponsor: Bob and Mary Lou Steele


The first bronze sculpture, a 2,300-pound statue that stands 10 feet tall, 13 feet long and 8 feet across the chest, was installed July 2, 2008. The Guthrie, TX artist T.D. Kelsey, a Montana native, was involved with the rodeo for twenty-one years before pursuing ranching and sculpture full time in 1979. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, conducting wildlife studies and research. Kelsey has an international reputation as a wildlife sculptor and is featured in the collection of many major museums, including The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Wyoming, National Museum of Wildlife, Wyoming; C. M. Russell Museum, Montana and was recently the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma. Kelsey is a member of the National Sculpture Society and Cowboy Artists of America. A recent private showing of his maquettes at the famous 21 Club in New York City was a sellout on opening night.


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Inchworm II

104 East 4th Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: David Hayes - 2006
Sponsor: Moore, Malone and Safreed, Attorneys-at-Law

A festive 10-by-8-foot painted-steel creation from Coventry, Connecticut artist David Hayes. The piece shows a light-blue, a green, a bright-yellow and two red abstract figures holding up a pale-yellow wormlike squiggle. They are bolted together, and the whole 700-plus-pound work is bolted to a black oval atop a thick 10-by-4-foot concrete slab inset with four floodlights. David Hayes’ monumental steel sculptures are featured in major museums, private and corporate collections worldwide. Installation sites included are the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Detroit Art Institute, MI; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; National Museum of American Art, DC; The Hague and De Porceleyne Fles, Delft, Holland and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France. Hayes completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University respectively. He was honored with post doctoral fellowships from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations.


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Honey Bee

745 Scherm Road, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Tom Bland - 2008
Sponsor: Joe Danzer Orthodontics

One of 14 "little bugs" created by Tom Bland, a Mount Vernon, Ohio, artist to promote David Roger’s Big Bugs show at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in 2008. The bugs - butterflies, ladybugs, honey bees, spiders, a praying mantis and a scarab beetle - were on display at 14 locations around town. Tom Bland and his family until recently made their home and studio on a 10-acre farm bordering the Kokosing River called the Hammer Song Farm. He created the large garden sculptures that he sold online and at art shows in a studio that overlooks a farm field. Tom began his experience with metal as a farrier shoeing horses. He was fortunate to learn from a skilled craftsman who taught him to hand make every shoe. After fifteen years, the romance of crawling under horses was ending. He took the skills he had learned from shoeing horses and began making forged antique reproduction pieces. In 1999, Tom received a commission from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital for a special candelabra. This was his first project requiring an original contemporary design. He twisted and turned slender rods of steel into a lovely tree capable of holding one hundred votive candles. Tom exhibits his contemporary sculpture through juried art shows. In 2016 after two back surgeries in the previous year Tom retired and no longer works with the large metal sculptures.


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Home Town

212 St Ann St, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: George Lundeen - 2015
Location: Courthouse Lawn
Sponsor: Daviess County Bicentennial Committee, International BBQ Festival, PRIDE of Owensboro, ACME Plumbing & Heating


This is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a man and woman sitting on a bench with blueprints spread across their laps. The man, dressed in overalls, has a toolbox by his right side and a lunch pail sits by the woman's left side. George Lundeen, the Loveland, Colorado, sculptor who created "Home Town" also created "Harvest Dreams," a similar piece that sits in Riverfront Crossing across Veterans Boulevard from Smothers Park. The couple on the bench represents Henry and Mary Shaffer, a Loveland couple who built their home in 1929 out of bricks they got free because they were damaged. The sculpture depicts them resting, looking at the property and studying the blueprints. The original piece was commissioned by their daughter and sits in a Loveland park. George Lundeen, a nationally-recognized sculptor, was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy He holds a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of arts from Hastings College in Nebraska. Lundeen established his sculpture studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid-1970s where he currently lives and works. He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works for a wide variety of universities, municipalities, foundations and corporations. He is a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society.


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Harvest Dreams

259 West Veterans Boulevard, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: George Lundeen - 2015
Location: Riverfront Crossing
Sponsor: City of Owensboro


This is a life-size bronze family group featuring a father, mother and child of agrarian heritage, celebrating a fruitful season. George Lundeen, a nationally-recognized sculptor, was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy He holds a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of arts from Hastings College in Nebraska. Lundeen established his sculpture studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid-1970s where he currently lives and works. He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works for a wide variety of universities, municipalities, foundations and corporations. He is a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society.


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Falling Man / Diagonal Cut Figure

3800 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Ernest Trova - 2007
Sponsor: Boardwalk Properties/Texas Gas Transmission LLC

This 6-foot tall stainless steel work on a 3-foot base, is by Ernest Trova, a self-trained St. Louis native, who became one of the most significant artists of the late twentieth century. Best known for his signature image, Falling Man, Trova considered his entire output a single "work in progress." People have often noted that sculptures from the "Falling Man" series resemble the "Star Wars" character "C-3PO" and according to Trova, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas acknowledges that the inspiration for the character's design began with Mr. Trova's work. A collector of classic American comic character toys, Trova admired their Surrealism and used them in some of his pieces. He began as a painter and progressed through three-dimensional constructions to his mature medium - sculpture. Trova's gift of forty of his works led to the opening of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. Examples of the artist's work can be found in numerous major galleries including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery.


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Escape

259 West Veterans Boulevard, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Mag White - 2015
Location: Riverfront Crossing
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


This stone carving celebrating Kentucky’s equestrian heritage, depicts a life-size yearling emerging from a limestone block. Meg White grew up in the suburban neighborhood of Silver Hills in New Albany, Indiana and is a self-taught sculptor who discovered the three dimensional process thru paper sculpture. She was a free-lance commercial artist from 1987 thru 1991; using her paper sculpture as the primary medium. Her clients included Sesame Street, General Electric, Chi-Chi's and Gibson Cards. Her work can be seen at the Home of the Innocents and Louisville Zoological Gardens in Louisville, KY and North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, North Carolina In 1991, Meg discovered stone carving at Don Lawler's studio and began to create wildlife and figurative works on a full-time basis. Meg now produces limited edition bronzes as well as small and monumental-scale works in stone.


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Dragonfly

717 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: David Stratton and the Art in Service to the Community Program - 2008
Location: Brescia University Clock Tower

This piece of art was done by David Stratton as a promotion for the David Roger’s Big Bugs show at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in 2008. It was one of 10 large sculptures that were created by regional artists. This project was part of the Brescia University Art in Service to the Community Program as an interdisciplinary public arts/works program to provide creative solutions to area businesses and local municipalities. Other projects untaken by the program include Greenbelt Banners, Public sculptures, Girl Scout Camp chainsaw frogs and Prairie-grass, native grass plots along Greenbelt. David Stratton is Professor of Art and Graphic Design teaching foundations, history, studio, theory, and design software at Brescia University since 1996. He is sole proprietor of a freelance design consultancy since 1992. His research awards include the Al Smith Fellowship of Kentucky 2007; selected for Owensboro representation as USA artist in Czech Republic-Olomouc-Sister Cities Exhibit 201; Logo category winner in Graphic Design USA Magazine national competition 2011; published in the 2003 Community of Inquiry Journal on Art, Service, and Ethics (co-written), and has had 28 solo exhibits with his artwork. He earned his BFA in graphic design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and MS in drawing and MFA in painting from Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL.


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Col. Charles E. Shelton MIA/POW Freedom Memorial

101 E Veterans Blvd, Owensboro, KY, United States

Design: Janet Brown; Artist: Val Klinberg - 1999
Sponsor: The Col. Charles E. Shelton Freedom Memorial Committee

This 7 feet tall and 9 feet wide 3-ton black granite monument sits on a one-foot pedestal set in a 34-foot-wide plaza in Smothers Park. The black granite centerpiece is actually three 1-ton pieces of granite held together by stainless steel pins. Over 1,000 people attended its dedication on September 18, 1999 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day - with keynote speaker retired U.S. Navy Capt. Eugene "Red" McDaniel, a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from 1967 to 1973. This memorial honors Air Force Col. Charles E. Shelton, an Owensboro native whose plane was shot down over Laos on his 33rd birthday - April 29, 1965. Shelton parachuted safely into Laos, was captured three days later and never officially heard from again. He eventually became known as "America's Last POW." His wife, Marian, fought to keep him listed as a POW when the government declared other American POWs of the Vietnam War dead in the late 1970s. The face of the monument features a life-sized etching of Shelton with broken ropes binding his wrists and the ghostly faces of half a dozen American prisoners from both world wars, Korea and Vietnam around him. The back of the monument depicts Marian Shelton and the five Shelton children, representing all the families left behind with unanswered questions. As in life, the men and their families are positioned on the monument so they can never see each other. The poem, "Come For Me," written by LeAnn Thieman, a civilian nurse from Colorado who helped save 2,700 babies during the fall of Saigon in 1974 and whose father was a prisoner-of-war in World War II, is etched into the memorial. Val Klinberg, who drew the pictures on the monument, was a Russian soldier who became an American citizen the summer before the dedication. As visitors to the riverfront peer over the impressive monument, keep in mind that the goal of creating the Shelton memorial was to make sure those who paid the supreme sacrifice in service to their country, without the closure every family seeks, would not be forgotten.


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Charms

311 W Veterans Blvd, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Dee Dee Morrison - 2014
Sponsor: Dee Dee Morrison

Three lanterns — red, green and gold — are linked by large chains to a long metal pole that's anchored in a rather large stone. It is a limestone and metals mixed media creation illuminated by LED lights and was created by Birmingham, Alabama, artist Dee Dee Morrison. Deedee Morrison is an artist specializing in large public works made of aluminum, steel, limestone, Lucite and solar powered light. Her sculptures have been exhibited and installed in permanent displays nationwide. Her studio is in a turn of the century steel foundry and limestone quarry and her work is heavily influenced by the setting as she juxtaposes the industrial with nature. Over the years, Morrison has expanded her spatial scope and currently focuses on large-scale work, including site-specific works created for architectural, urban, or landscape settings. Born in New Orleans in 1964, Morrison received her BA from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. In 2000, Morrison studied welding at Bessemer State College and began to work as a sculptor. Over the years, Morrison has expanded her spatial scope and currently focuses on large- scale work - including site- specific works created for architectural, urban, or landscape settings. A unique style has evolved that reflect the artist's understanding of the nature, by using heavy industrial metals and laser jet cutting methods to create solar powered sculptures. By necessity, nature has solved many of the problems we are currently facing in our physical and built environments


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Celebration

101 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Gary Alsum - 2015
Location: Island on Daviess @ Veterans Blvd near the RiverPark Center
Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Wathen Medley, Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. Bill Jansing


This life-size bronze depicts a young girl expressing the movement of dance and is by Gary Alsum of Loveland, CO. Alsum is a nationally-known sculptor, recognized for his monumental full-scale works. He is represented in municipal collections throughout the Midwestern states and is a member of the National Sculpture Society. He has been quickly recognized for his ability to capture the dynamics of children at play and athletes in motion. “These are my favorite subjects because of the passion for life that they demonstrate,” Gary says. “It is a constant challenge to capture these qualities in bronze and pass that on to the viewer. When developing each new sculpture my primary concern is its artistic integrity." Celebration is one of Alum’s favorite pieces he said, “It’s a real light, joyful piece. It has a lot of emotion in it. I also think technically it’s a good piece. It’s interesting from every angle.”


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Burgoo Pot aka BBQ Kettle

2840 W Parrish Ave, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: James W. Rush - 1982
Sponsor: Jo Barron

This 8-foot tall statue is a plywood frame and fiberglass skin (Harry Holder Ford auto body shop) mounted it on a riding lawn mower. Maglinger's Signs painted the decoration. Sculpture was driven in many Owensboro parades before it was retired to sit outside Moonlite BBQ Inn.


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Billow

901 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Jack Youngman - 1988
Sponsor: Anonymous

This two-ton steel sculpture (81"x96"x25") was originally installed in 1986 at the Guggenheim Museum. It is the work of New York artist Jack Youngerman, a Louisville native who later moved to New York. Youngerman is one of Kentucky's most successful and widely recognized expatriate artists. He has achieved an international reputation as a painter and sculptor. The sculpture was bought by the museum in 1988 for an undisclosed amount by an anonymous donor. At that time it was bought by the museum, it was one of three works by Youngerman given wave names. "Comer" was on display at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, and "Breaker" was still owned by Youngerman and kept at his Bridgehampton, N.Y., studio. The three pieces share a basic design concept rooted in the ancient tradition of Oriental art, which depicts the action of water, its waves and rolling surf. He completed the work in 1986, after working on it four years, just in time for his one-man exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Youngerman received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1976 and a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1984. Youngerman studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris after World War II and remained there until 1956 when he moved to New York City. His one man exhibitions have included Galerie Arnaud, Paris (1951), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1959), Galeria dell' Ariete, Milan (1963), Galerie Denise Rene, Paris (1973), Heland Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (1989), and Galerie Hervé Bize, Nancy, France (2014). His work can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble, France, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery, London, England.


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Big Gabe

1300 Burlew Blvd, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Elmer Cecil - 1966
Sponsor: Gabe Fiorella

This 12-foot-6 inch, 3,000 pound statue of restaurateur Gabe Fiorella is made of concrete over a steel frame. The statue was installed in front of Gabe's Restaurant in 1966. Gabe's jacket was originally painted red and it revolved 24 hours per day on top of a six foot pedestal. There was originally a piece around the base emblazoned with Gabe's greeting: "Hi neighbor! It's a wonderful world!". The restaurant closed in 1985 and a year later the statue was moved to Owen's Concrete Products. It now stands in front of Burlew Blvd. Mini Storage. Gabe started in the food business in 1917 at age 15, selling hamburgers from a cart near 4th and Frederica. In 1919, he built his first restaurant near that corner. In 1959 he relocated to Triplett. Dining at Gabe's was considered among the finest and most elegant in Owensboro.


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Big Bull

8260 KY-81, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Elmer Cecil - 2014
Sponsor: Hal Miller

Windy Hollow Restaurant has been featured on American Pickers for its collection. The collection starts outside the restaurant, where a giant black bull created by Owensboro concrete sculptor Elmer Cecil greets visitors.


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Artistic Bicycle Rack V

212 East 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Rod Lindauer of Lexington, KY
Location: Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


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Artistic Bicycle Rack IV

901 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Dave Caudill of Louisville, KY
Location: Entrance to Ryan Park
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


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Artistic Bicycle Rack III - Banjo

117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Jen Pellerin of Louisville, KY
Location: East Side of Daviess Street
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


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Artistic Bicycle Rack II - Flower

25 Carter Road, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Samantha Griffith of Louisville, KY - 2010
Location: Entrance to the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


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Artistic Bicycle Rack I - Snake

208 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Rod Lindauer of Lexington, KY - 2010
Location: West Side of Daviess Street
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation


Combined Sculpture & Bicycle Rack


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Acclivis

2200 East Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Housi Knecht - 2006
Sponsor: Malcolm and Sally Bryant

Acclivis is a Latin word meaning "to go up from." Knecht is inspired by water; therefore, many of his pieces are fountains - since historically people gathered around fountains to communicate with others. Bryant said he became familiar with Knecht's work while visiting his daughter at Furman University in South Carolina. His monumental sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections internationally. Installation sites include the collections of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Furman University, Duke University, Naples Center for Contemporary Art, and General Electric. Major international collections include the International Science Center, Bubendorf, Switzerland and the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.


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*Wind Sculptures

25 Carter Road, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Lyman Whitaker - 2009
Location: Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation

* - Admission to the Garden required

These wonderful, fascinating and fun pieces of art were done by Lyman Whitaker. This form of kinetic art provides for constant movement in The Garden. There are five wind sculptures made from copper, steel and stainless steel and they were a 16th anniversary gift from the Marilyn & William Young Charitable Foundation. The metal sculptures stand at least 5 feet tall. The Twister Oval Huge lives up to its name at 18 feet, 5 inches tall while the Single Helix Oval Sub-Huge is 13 feet, 5 inches tall. The Desert Flame, Double Spinner and Fleur-De-Lis are smaller. A native of Utah, Lyman has been a practicing sculptor for over fifty years. He is internationally known as a master in the kinetic sculpture discipline. Wind Sculptures – his main focus since the mid-1980’s – are innovative, artistic, and responsive to their natural surroundings. Lyman’s work is represented at select fine art galleries throughout the United States and abroad. His work is at home in most of the world’s climates both in small-scaled private installations as well as large-scale public venues. Whitaker's designs permit the sculpture to be responsive to the currents of the wind, allowing changing forms to emerge in a slight breeze, yet balance in high winds.


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*Praying Mantis

25 Carter Rd, Owensboro, KY 42301, United States

Sculptor: Monty Helm And The Art Club At Owensboro Community & Technical College - 2009
Location: Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Betty Sue Hill

* - Admission to the Garden required

This wonderful piece of art was done by Monty Helm and his students at OCTC as a promotion for the David Roger’s Big Bugs show at the Garden in 2008. It was one of 10 large sculptures that were created by regional artists. It was originally in front of the Daviess County Public Library and was purchased and donated to The Garden. Helm is the director of the Art Department at OCTC and teaches painting, sculpture, and art history and his work has been exhibited internationally. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City, and earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1988.


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*A Bouquet for Marjorie

25 Carter Road, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Darin Evans - 2017
Location: Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Marjorie M. Hager Fund for the Arts


* - Admission to the Garden required

"A Bouquet for Marjorie" is a 18.25-foot tall sculpture of a flower basket with a butterfly. The basket is 15.5-feet wide, 22 feet, 3 inches long, 69 feet in circumference, and holds 21 cubic yards (45,000 pounds) of dirt - one dump truck load. The basket is framed in 600 feet of 1-1/4" tubing and weighs about 2,100 lbs empty. The work took more than 2,800 hours to complete. There are 738 cut and welded panels woven into the piece with 20-gauge and 18-gauge stainless steel. The basket had to be cut into quarters to transport it to the garden and the handle cut in half. The work is also a sundial and an equinox and solstice calendar through its casting a shadow on the grass. Darin Evans is a kinetic metal artist in Owensboro who conceptualizes, designs, and fabricates sensational art with flair. The only limit is the imagination. From fine art to functional & practical with care and craftsmanship.


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* Grant 'G. G.' Talbott Memorial

25 Carter Rd, Owensboro, KY, United States

Sculptor: Rex Robinson - 2009
Location: Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Owensboro Municipal Utilities

* - Admission to the Garden required

This 8-ton slab of Henderson County sandstone towers nearly 10 feet above the garden floor with a large marble medallion, which features a likeness of Talbott and the words, "Coach, Counselor, Community Leader `Don't let go of the rope' " a saying of his, to encourage people to keep trying. Talbott served for 30 years as a teacher and guidance counselor for Owensboro Public Schools and 11 years as a counselor for Owensboro Community & Technical College. Talbott was a graduate of Owensboro High School, attended Florida A&M on a baseball scholarship, and was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Rex Robinson is one of Owensboro’s most recognizable painters. He’s probably best known for wildlife paintings and murals like the one on the side of the building on south side of 2nd Street and Frederica. Kentucky Educational Television has featured Rex several times, and his work has been highlighted in many art publications, including American Artist. As part of the Owensboro Art Guild, Rex has had paintings displayed throughout the community. Rex has more than forty years of professional and workshop experience and is a nationally regarded professional who continually explores the timeless relationships between man and his natural and spiritual environments. He boasts a rich and imaginative portfolio ranging from acrylic paintings to dramatically striking sculptures and has been showcased in more than sixty solo exhibits throughout the United States. He has completed a dozen years as Resident Artist for the Kentucky Arts Council, instructed at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Middle and Owensboro High Schools and continues to accept invitations to demonstrate and judge exhibits.


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