Salina Sculpture Tour Statues Removed
KSAL Staff - Sun 07:41 PM 04/22/2012
Nearly 20 statues in Downtown Salina that comprised the 2011 Salina Sculpture Tour are gone. The sculptures were removed Saturday, in preparation of a group of brand new ones that will be unveiled in May as the 2012 Salina Sculpture Tour.
Last May, nineteen sculptures went on display throughout the downtown area of Salina as part of the sculpture tour. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year, and all sculptures are aggressively promoted to the public for sale. The public is also invited to vote for their favorite piece.
The sculpture tour is no cost to the City of Salina, other than an agreement to pay up to $15,000 each year for the sculpture that receives the most votes from the public as their “People’s Choice” favorite.
"Watch Dog" by Louise Peterson was the “People's Choice” winner in the inaugural Salina Sculpture Tour. "Watch Dog" is valued at $19,000, but the artist has agreed to sell it to the city for $15,000. "Watch Dog" will now be permanently placed in a sculpture garden at the Salina Botanical Gardens in Oakdale Park.
The 2012 Salina Sculpture Tour will debut on May 19th. This year there will be twenty-five sculptures on display throughout the downtown area, six more than last year.