New Sculptures Ready to be Unveiled

Out with the old, in with the new. The 2016 version of SculptureTour Salina will be unveiled on Saturday.

The 26 sculptures that have been in Downtown Salina for the past year are coming down to make way for 22 new sculptures.

All of the new sculptures will be unveiled simultaneously when a cannon fires at 11:00 in the morning.

The kickoff of the walking sculpture tour, which is now in its sixth year, will be highlighted by live music in Campbell Plaza, balloons, popcorn, and airbrush tattoos.

While taking the tour, you can vote for the “people’s choice” favorite. SculptureTour Salina ballots can be found downtown near the crosswalks and deposited in one of six marked ballot boxes. Voting closes December 31, 2016.

The 2015 People’s Choice winner was “Daughters of Peace”, located in the 200 Block of South Santa Fe. The sculpture by Benjamin Victor from South Dakota, depicts the daughters of a Native American woman and pioneer woman exchanging gifts.

Previous People’s Choice Award winners include:

  • 2011 – “Watch Dog” by Louise Peterson; On display in Oakdale Park Sculpture Garden
  • 2012 – “Sweet Kisses” by Marianne Caroselli; On display in Oakdale Park Sculpture Garden
  • 2013 – “Farmer” by Lawrence Starck; On display in Campbell Plaza, Downtown
  • 2014 – “Next Up” by James Haire; On display at the Oakdale Park Tennis Courts

Other than purchasing the People’s Choice winner, Sculpture Tour Salina is entirely privately funded. Multiple sculptures are temporarily displayed in the downtown area for a year. Each sculpture is for sale, with the City of Salina purchasing the People’s Choice winner for permanent display.