Abraham Lincoln Statue

This 14 foot bronze sculpture was presented to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by James Breckinridge Speed of Louisville. On November 8, 1911, President William Howard Taft dedicated the work. Adolph Alexander Weinman, a German immigrant, was a noteworthy sculptor who also made war memorials and government monuments throughout the country, including a seated Lincoln in…

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

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

Daniel Boone Monument

This monument, a tribute to Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca was built by John Haley in 1860. In 1862, Robert E. Launitz added four marble panels depicting scenes from Daniel and Rebecca’s lives. One showed Daniel fighting two Indians. Another showed Rebecca milking a cow. A third showed Daniel speaking to a boy, and…

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…

Ephraim McDowell Statue

Charles Niehaus created two of the statues in the state capitol rotunda, the statues of statesman, Henry Clay, and Ephraim McDowell, a frontier physician. These two statues are actually painted plaster models for the bronze cast statues that represent Kentucky in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

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

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

Henry Clay Statue

Charles Niehaus created two of the statues in the state capitol rotunda, the statues of statesman, Henry Clay, and Ephraim McDowell, a frontier physician. These two statues are actually painted plaster models for the bronze cast statues that represent Kentucky in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

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

Josephine Sculpture Park

The Josephine Sculpture Park is a unique stop on the Frankfort Public Art Tour because it is constantly changing with the seasons and the artists in residence that inhabit the park each year. A non-profit outdoor gallery, the park is free and open every day. Visitors can meander walking paths through native meadows to view…

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This memorial is in the form of a large sundial. The stainless steel gnomon casts its shadow upon a granite plaza. There are 1,103 names on the memorial, including 23 missing in action. Each name is engraved into the plaza, and placed so that the tip of the shadow touches his name on the anniversary…

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.

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.…

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.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Statue

Whitney M. Young, an alumnus of Kentucky State University, was an African American civil rights leader from Shelbyville Kentucky. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and transforming the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access…