Thursday, September 23, 2021

Rain's Thursday Art Date: Sculpture


 It's Thursday and time to share the latest edition of Rain's Thursday Art Date.  Rain has asked us to share sculptures this week.  When perusing my photos from our art museum, I didn't realize how many sculptures I have actually photographed.

Today we are visiting, among other places, the Wichita Art Museum (WAM).

This buffalo has graced the outside of WAM

since I first started going there.

I like abstract, but this metal sculpture confused me.  It's called Wind Break and reminds me of the plastic wind breaks farmers string along roads in winter to keep the snow at bay.  I'm sure the museum paid a fortune for it, which really surprises me.

More new art sculptures at WAM.

Our famous Chihuly Bridge inside WAM.

I didn't organize these very well, I fear.  This is from our botanical gardens.

All the above are also from the botanical gardens in Wichita.

In 2019, I visited the Eisenhower Museum and complex in Abilene, Kansas (USA).  Here is his bronze statue.  Sadly, it was backlit and very dark.

I might be stretching this by calling these sculptures, but they are part of outdoor exhibits showing Wichita's native American heritage.

And what can be more impressive or representative of Wichita, than Keeper of the Plains.

Whether it's day or night, winter or summer, the Keeper is an iconic symbol that can be seen for quite a distance.

One of the many statues found at Wichita's War Memorial.

Gino Salerno has become world famous as a sculptor of objects and icons made from dead trees.  He creates them first using chain saws to outline the shape, then fine tunes them using other sculpting tools.  Many of his pubic works have been damaged by vandals, so they have now been removed and placed in secure buildings where they can be preserved for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.  Check out other of his wood sculptures here.

Now let's head to Newton, Kansas, a small town about 30 miles north of Wichita. 

This sculpture is called Big Sky and was created by Phil Epp. 

There are tons of sculptures downtown, but this one is so unusual (and not commissioned by the city), I thought I would share it.

There are tons of sculptures downtown commissioned by the city, as you will see in the next few photos.

Now we've been downtown, let's head back to WAM.

This is a huge sculpture at WAM.  Below are detail shots.

I'm standing next to this area, not hunched down.

Now for more WAM sculptures.

Let's go inside WAM and see a few in there, too.

These were created by Charles Russell.

However, when I visited a privately owned museum in El Dorado, Kansas, 

I got to see Frederick Remington bronzes.

Although Remington was known for the cowboys of the west, he also had bronzes showing human emotion, too.

Of course, El Dorado had other bronzes, too.

Of course I found 

this huge Remington

greeting us outside the Cowtown Museum, also located in Wichita, Kansas (USA).

When I visited my friend Kathy in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she lives, I saw many sculptures there, too.

These were at the entrance to a restaurant where we ate.

Kathy and I both liked this one because of the books.

They have some extremely eclectic sculptures and hold yearly contests to see who will win and whose art will be installed along the main streets of town.  Like Wichita focuses on beautifying with murals, Hutchinson seems to focus on sculptures.

I found all these at the Museum of World Treasures.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at sculptures this week.  

All photos were taken by me using either my old worthless camera or the one I am using now.  I am not a sculptor, so you will get no personal art today.  Bleubeard wants to use his sandbox to create his own sculpture.
Thanks for visiting today.  I spent a lot of time looking for sculptures for Rain's Thursday Art Date challenge today.  I am thrilled you made it this far.  See you at Rain's soon. 

18 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Lots of wonderful statues today. My faves are the Keeper of the Plains and the buffalo. And the eggman is cute! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Love the bull especially, and the Keeper.
Sad war memorial ...
Why. Why do people destroy art?!
The Big Sky is wonderful, too. And the two people, wonderful. The kiddo! Sweet... the golden guys, oh a happy place. Bingo. "Bicycle Race" is back in my brain ;-)

Oh, P.S. Throughout our journeys we were happy when we found public rest areas. The showers were mostly cold, but usually that was OK. 1999 we also had a "solar shower" on the roof (black bag with a snorkel). The "spoiled brat" was a reference to my parents presenting me with this. Likely cause they worked, worked, worked. At the table it was never about what we did but... work. And because we used public showers I could bring back all that money :-)
Twice my fingers turned white-ish cause the shower and the outside temps were really cold.

ashok said...

All the sculptures are inspirational. Thanks for sharing

Elephant's Child said...

Wow - you do have lots of photos of sculptures and many of them are brilliant.
I am a big, big fan of Chihuly's work. He had an exhibition at our National Gallery and we went several times.
Thank you - this post would have taken a lot of work to pull together and I really appreciate the effort you went to.

Tom said...

...I never knew that Wichita was such a center for art. You have assembled an amazing collection, I wonder what the inside of the museum hold in store. Thanks for sharing.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Sculptures are evocative art forms that are not generally given the recognition that paintings are, at least that's the way it seems to me. There are exceptions, of course. Statues enhance urban spaces and I am always struck when visiting Europe that there seems to be a statue on every corner almost, often celebrating someone or some event. One can even plot the history of a town sometimes by a careful study of the statuary. There is little of this in North America, and as has been shown recently, much of what there is commemorates some of the most odious characters of their time, and events that should be a cause for shame, not celebration.

My name is Erika. said...

I loved seeing all these sculptures Elizabeth. You have photos of so many interesting ones.What a nice variety. Wichita is definitely a city of art. I don't usually join this challenge, but I have more sculptures to share from my walk tomorrow so I might check it out. Thanks for sharing these. It is great to see them. hugs-Erika

Barbara said...

Inspiring and wonderful pieces, all! Humpty made me laugh with the thought that being engrossed in a book would have kept him from falling. 😁

Cathy Kennedy said...


WOW, do you ever have the images of sculptures! I love the life-sized ones and every time I happen upon one I will snap a picture. In 2016, we went to Belfast, Virginia to visit the D-Day Museum. That's a really neat place with its memorial to those who served our country and all of our allies in WWII. It's also very moving as you walk through seeing the various pieces reading the plaques and to think of the number of lives sacrificed to preserve freedom. The Humpty Dumpty sculpture is a great fun. What a fun capture! Stay safe and be well, my dear!

Curious as a Cathy

DVArtist said...

Wow that is a selection of sculptures. Really wonderful.

Christine said...

You really have an appreciation of sculptures. My favourite is that buffalo, love the curves.

Jeanie said...

That's quite a selection, Elizabeth. I'm not sure I could come up with that many -- and I'd have to dig for it! A number of them are very impressive -- and seriously large!

Rita said...

Love all the statues! What variety. :)

Linda said...

Great variety of sculptures. Thanks for sharing.

Mae Travels said...

The range of themes and subjects for those statues is amazing, and it's especially neat that most of them are public art, on display in places where people are going about their business and maybe take a little time to be amused, inspired, or impressed. By chance I took a walk in a sculpture-filled area of our town this week, and so today's post shows some of the sculpture I found.

best... mae at

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Wow, Quite a selection of sculptures. I know you have an eye for art so it doesn't surprise me that you have so many pictures of sculptures from everywhere. I love the Remington's ... my mother had a small bronze Remington (I am certain it was a reproduction) that she used as a book end. I don't know what ever happened to it, but I enjoyed being reminded of it today. Great choices, Elizabeth and give Bleubeard a pat for me.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Divers and Sundry said...

What a delightful variety! I got a kick out of Humpty Dumpty, because my daughter used to collect them. Some of them look like they'd sell well as miniatures in gift shops. I know I'd buy a buffalo ;)

Rain said...

Hi Elizabeth! ☺ Great sculptures today. I really love that Buffalo, it's so beautiful. I'm always amazed at Sculpture...the detail involved, lots of work too. It's such a hands-on style of art. I would love to get into that one of these days. Oh and the herons!!!! The lady with the basket is beautiful. That would be something I'd have in my garden! So many to love, the cowboys! And the Humpty Dumpties!!!! Great post! ☺