Wichita should make art a priority



April 3, 2019 - 10:16 AM

To witness the value of public art in Wichita, you have only to visit the Keeper of the Plains on a summer evening.

There, where Blackbear Bosin’s 44-foot steel sculpture towers above the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, you’ll see residents and tourists strolling along footbridges toward the base of the Keeper to watch the “Ring of Fire” ignite.

They snap photos and post them on Instagram. They read about the history of Native Americans in Wichita. They gaze at the Wichita skyline. They search for the troll sculpture in his hidey-hole under a grate near the Keeper.

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