Batik Hangings

The interior of the children’s section is enlivened by long narrow panels of colorful batik cloths created by Frankfort artist, Doris Thurber. Thurber’s theme is exploring the arts, and the panels represent music, dance, visual art, and literary arts. The fifth panel depicts the process of creating batik, because it seemed important to Thurber to…

Bourbon on Main Mural (Beautiful and Brave)

Artist’s concept: How beautiful and brave we are. Brave in love, in kindness, and in peace. Learning from the wisdom of the natural world and the animal kingdom, we are one with all things. This mural is a representation of a unified love, between all. Every being of life connected by the divine love of…

Capital Cellars Mural (Surprise!)

“Surprise!” features two children who stand above a large window toward the front of the Capital Cellars’ alley wall. The young boy holds a magical pot, from which giant vines, plants and flowers are growing. The young girl looks excited, as the magic happens in front of her eyes. Many flowers in the design, like…

Chili Pepper

This whimsical work features painted aluminum and a recycled turbine blade. Part of a long running series by the Signal Mountain, Tennessee artist, Chili Pepper is characteristic of Collins work which uses silhouettes of people and animals constructed in various metals. Sponsor: Richard and Anna Marie Rosen

Church of Ascension

Christians of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition have worshiped on the site of the Church of the Ascension since 1836. The current gothic revival church building was begun in 1848. The building was completed in 1852. In 1868 the apse and transept were added. The parish house was constructed in 1899, and the education wing was added…

Cultured Stone

The inspiration for this sculpture makes it especially suited for a spot in the heart of Downtown Frankfort. Vertical and horizontal ribbons meander up, down, around, under and over each other, intersecting in the center of the sculpture to form a crossroads. This is symbolic of all the intersecting past events and forces that create…

Daddylonglegs

Parker drew his inspiration for this work from insects with their hard-shelled bodies and armor-coated, almost robotic exteriors that still manage to take flight in an instant. Parker resides in Glenside, PA and has shown his work throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. Sponsor: Richard and Anna Marie Rosen

Divine Light Glass Chandelier

Methodists have worshiped in Frankfort since 1790. The present sanctuary was built in 1856. First United Methodist Church has a long history of ministry through the arts. The original stained glass windows were recently restored. The 2006 Wesley Center was designed with the arts in mind. Gallery Hall features the work of area artists, students…

Exuberance2

This Louisville artist’s stainless-steel work uses sweeping lines in an abstract language of rhythm and grace to affirm belief in the power of beauty. His work can be found in across the U.S. and abroad. Sponsor: Richard and Anna Marie Rosen

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Frankfort, was founded in 1816 and was originally an integrated congregation. However, in 1833, some white members of the church thought it was wise to separate the races, creating two First Baptists – one white and one black. Although this First Baptist was chartered in 1833, the members did not have…

Governor William Goebel Statue

The statue of Governor William Goebel in front of the Old State Capitol is a reminder of the deeply divided politics of Kentucky at the end of the 19th century. After a bitterly contested election, Goebel, the Democratic contestant, was shot as he approached the steps to the Capitol by an unidentified assailant hiding in…

Grace #85

“I attempt to create a feeling of movement through stone,” says Terhune, who works primarily with limestone, alabaster, soapstone and marble. Her career as a sculptor spans more than 40 years and she eschews power tools as much as possible, preferring to work with her hands. Sponsor: Richard and Anna Marie Rosen

InMotion

Growing up in rural Indiana, Kiefer says he was fascinated by the way nature seemed to devour and erase abandoned farms and run-down steel structures, and the way nature responded by using the structures as latticework for plants to grow. This steel and wood sculpture reflects that close relationship. Sponsor: Richard and Anna Marie Rosen

Kentucky River Children’s Mural

The Kentucky River Children’s Mural is a collaborative project made by artists Zingg and Kelley and the children of Frankfort. It is inspired by the plants and animals of the Kentucky River Watershed and was worked on by more than 200 area children.

Liberty Hall Historic Site

Located on the banks of the Kentucky River, Liberty Hall Historic Site was home to the Browns, one of Kentucky’s most important families who were leaders in politics, community, business and education and also appreciated fine art and architecture. The two homes located on the site, Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, are both…

Nexus

Nexus was commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council, the Transportation Cabinet, and the Finance and Administration Cabinet in 2003. This sculpture is an amalgamation of transportation themes including a bridge, the wing of an airplane, and a boat. The title of the piece means a convergence or coming together.

Nitro Mural (Wanderlust)

This image features six birds found in Kentucky set against a vibrant swirl of color. The birds include the ruby throated hummingbird, cardinal, Kentucky warbler, blue bird, barn swallow and brown headed nuthatch. Though the birds are largely representational, the artist gives some of their feathers a unique geometric design that pulls the work into…

Now Get

Now Get was commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council, the Transportation Cabinet, and the Finance and Administration Cabinet in 2003. Artist Garry Bibbs created columns to represent government and order, while the looping bridge forms connecting the columns represent travel, both in time and in space, culminating in the abstract flying automobile at the top.…

Old Federal Building

  • Mifflin Emlen Bell, Supervising Architect of the Treasury (SAT)
  • 1887, Second Empire, Chateauesque. Materials: Bedford, Indiana Limestone upon a base of stronger Oolitic (Bowling Green, Ky) limestone
  • location305 Wapping Street

Built of Kentucky and Indiana limestone in 1887, the Old Federal building in the Second Empire style served first as the federal courthouse, then as a post office, and most recently as the Paul Sawyier Public Library. The harbor master was located on the top floor because of the excellent view of the Kentucky River.…

Rick’s White Light #2: “Being Yourself”

This mural features The White Light’s well-known chef and owner Rick Paul, who has twice been featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Muralist Jenkins offers this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson as its best description. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the…

RJ Corman Children’s Mural

The RJ Corman Railroad Bridge spans Wilkinson Street, one block before the railroad crosses the Kentucky River. Trains run through downtown Frankfort several times a day, and the rumble of the train is part of Frankfort’s heritage. This 2010 project was spearheaded by artist and art teacher Jennifer Zingg who made the project the focus…

St. John AME Church

St. John A.M.E. Church was established in Frankfort in 1839, though the present church was built in 1893, designed by Professor Moses Davis, an instructor of mechanical art at the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute, now Kentucky State University. The pastor of the church was the brick-mason. The early members of this African Methodist Episcopal…

Taylor Marshall Building: “World on a String”

With this mural, artist Jimmy Joe Jenkins’ seeks to convey a feeling of happiness and confidence that everything will work out in one’s favor and that one is in complete control.He believes we all live on this beautiful planet in the diverseness of shapes and colors and hold powers that allow us to live together.…

The Barnacle

The Barnacle is inspired by the landscape and water creatures of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, where the artist grew up and fits right in along the banks of the Kentucky River.

The Grand Theatre: Tribute to George C. Wolfe

This mural is a tribute to Frankfort native George C. Wolfe who won a Tony Award in 1993 for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony Award in 1996 for his direction of the musical Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk. Wolfe gained a national reputation with his 1991 musical Jelly’s Last…

The Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol introduced Greek Revival architecture to the United States west of the Appalachian Mountains. With its portico and fluted columns, it made the statement that Kentucky was a progressive state, looking to the future. Built of Kentucky River limestone, it features a rotunda on top, which floods the interior of the building…

Trees of Kentucky

When the Paul Sawyier Public Library moved from the Old Federal Building into its new facility in 2006, it was only natural that the new building include art. After all, it is named for one of Kentucky’s most renowned artists, impressionist painter, Paul Sawyier. Laura Mentor, who created the stained-glass, was struck by Sawyier’s love…