On the Frankfort Public Art Tour you can interact with diverse sculptures created at different periods of history using a variety of materials and processes and commissioned for a variety of purposes.
A sculpture tour can be organized to experience several different clusters of sculptures.
- The State Capitol’s ornately carved pediment is the oldest sculpture on the Frankfort Public Art tour. Inside, the Rotunda Statuary has fine examples of both carved and cast monumental statues. (The State Capitol houses many other artistic treasures, including the pendentive murals, also in the rotunda – see http://capitol.ky.gov/Pages/CapitolCentennial.aspx ).
- Within easy walking or driving distance in the downtown area, you can experience a diversity of media including the cast bronze statue of William Goebel at the Old State Capitol, the soaring contemporary stainless steel metal sculptures on Mero Street, and the breathtaking “Divine Light” sculptural glass chandelier at First United Methodist Church on Washington Street. (The First United Methodist Church also has a gallery with rotating exhibits and stained glass windows.)
- A short distance from downtown but worth the short drive, you can find the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Vernon Cooper Lane (in the form of an enormous sundial marking the anniversary of the death of every Kentuckian who died in the Vietnam War) and the monumental cast bronze Whitney M. Young, Jr. Statue on the campus of Kentucky State University.
- Venturing out 127 south of the I-64 Interchange, you can spend hours – or days – exploring the ever-changing, contemporary sculptural exhibit integrated into the rural landscape of the 20-acre Josephine Sculptural Park, free and open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year, with guided tours available by appointment and a year-round calendar of special events and activities.
For a visual guide to processes and sculptural elements that you will encounter and discussion suggestions, you can download the PowerPoint, Sculpture on the Frankfort Public Art Tour. You can edit the Power Point to focus on the sites or concepts of interest to you. For a more active response to the sculpture tour, use the suggestions in the Educational Materials and to test your sculptural tour expertise, try the Quiz.