Art comes in so many forms. While many people keep art in their homes for their own enjoyment, there's also art displayed publicly for the enjoyment of all. Outdoor sculptures fall into this category of public art, and Wichita is home to some lovely ones. Here are some sculptures our real estate agents think you'll enjoy.
- Keeper of the Plains: 650 N. Seneca St., Wichita, KS 67203
Keeper of the Plains is a magnificent steel statue built where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers intersect. It was created in 1974 by Blackbear Bosin, a Native American artist, in honor of the surrounding land's sacred significance to the Native people.
Stretching more than 44 feet into the sky, this statue is truly a sight to behold. If you visit at 9 pm in the spring or summer or at 7 pm in the fall or winter, the accompanying Ring of Fire will be lit, casting a gorgeous light on the statue.
- Soda Fountain Sculpture: Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67203
This Soda Fountain Sculpture is located in Reflection Square Park on Douglas Ave. between Market St. and Broadway. It was built at the sight of a former Woolworths in honor of a civil rights sit-in that took place in Wichita in 1958.
This large sculpture depicts several adults and one child sitting at a lunch counter. Made from bronze, it stands out against the surrounding landscape. If you walk through Reflection Square Park, you'll see other smaller but similar bronze statues too.
- Chrome Bumper Horse: 100 N. Broadway St., Wichita, KS 67207
This Chrome Bumper Horse, which sits outside Bank of America, is a lovely one to stop and see when looking at Wichita homes for sale. The large sculpture is made entirely from old, chrome car bumpers.
The Chrome Bumper Horse was created by John Kearney, an artist whose work focuses on making lifelike pieces from would-be garbage. It's certainly a unique way to honor the beauty of horses.
- Sedgwick County Art Walk: 6501 W. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67205
If you want to enjoy multiple public sculptures at once, then it's worth visiting the Sedgwick County Art Walk. Housed on 20 acres within Sedgwick County Park, the walk features a walkable limestone path that weaves past various art sculptures.
One of the most memorable sculptures in the park is The Crane Dance, which depicts whooping cranes returning after they nearly went extinct. There are also several buffalo sculptures, a fossil fish made from steel pipes, and a maze featuring multiple turtle sculptures.
- Art Garden at Wichita Art Museum: 1400 Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
This outdoor portion of the Wichita Art Museum opened in 2015, and it's a lovely place to enjoy outdoor sculptures along with trees, native shrubs, and flowers. The Art Garden is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you don't need to pay for museum admission to access it.
One of the noted pieces at the Art Garden is a sculpture called Dreamers and Awake, created by Wichita-born Tom Otterness. Extended Land Form by Richard Hunt is another favorite, as is Knife Man, an incredible bronze statue by John Silk Deckard.
Walking through the city and admiring various sculptures is a great way to get to know Wichita and its art. Whether you spend an afternoon at the Art Garden or simply take a moment to enjoy the Chrome Bumper Horse, you're sure to create memories. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent in Wichita.