Public Art - Sculptures
Public Art - Sculpture Program
With funding from a voter approved Transient Guest Tax, the City of Liberty and the Liberty Arts Commission have developed an annual sculpture program that will include up to six original, three-dimensional works of art to be displayed for a one-year period at pre-selected sites within Liberty’s historic downtown that yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The first sculpture selected through this program, Jacob Burmood's Plumb Twisted, was installed on July 17, 2017 just west of the Clay County Archives, in the 200 block of Franklin Street.
Plumb Twisted is an expression of organic movement and gravitational pull. The contrast of these forces reaches a compromise in the middle where the twirling thorns begin to point downward and stretch to the ground to create a support structure. The sculpture is made from steel, fiberglass, resin, red iron oxide and graphite -- Jacob Burmood
The Liberty Arts Commission has elected to purchase Plumb Twisted and add it to the City's public art collection. Stay tuned for its new location!
Coming soon: Six new sculptures will be placed in locations in historic downtown Liberty as part of the 2018 sculpture program
China Slaughter Reading Park sculpture
Dedicated on April 26, 2018, the bronze sculpture of Lawrence "China" Slaughter and two children sits across from Franklin Elementary School, where he served as a beloved crossing guard for many years. Slaughter served Liberty Public Schools for 47 years, as a custodian of Garrison School, crossing guard and finally as supervisor of custodians for the entire school district.
Slaughter grew up in Liberty and returned after graduating from college in Indiana. He held a teaching degree and certificate in Missouri and taught for the staste of Missouri.He began his career with the school district as a custodian at Garrison School, the school black children attended before the district was integrated.
The Liberty Arts Foundation raised $62,000 to commission this statue of Slaughter.
Location: Corner of Mill and Gallatin streets
The Great Americans Project
Former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson initiated The Great Americans Project to celebrate and honor men and women in American history. Through private fundraising, the project has brought two life-sized bronze statues to historic downtown since 2013. The project board plans to continue introducing more Great American sculptures in the coming years.
Statue of George Washington
The first Great Americans Project statue was unveiled in June 2013 at a park on the corner of Lightburne and Mill streets. The life-size bronze sculpture of George Washington stands proudly atop a pedestal, pointing the way to William Jewell College.
Location: Corner of Mill and Lightburne streets
Statue of Mark Twain
In June 2016, the second Great American statue, a life-size bronze sculpture of Mark Twain, was unveiled at the corner of Kansas and Missouri streets.
Location: Corner of Kansas and Missouri streets
The Liberty Arts Commission installed three kinetic sculptures in 2013 in each of the two roundabouts on College Street between Conistor Street and Bluejay Drive.
The sculptures were created by internationally known artist Lyman Whitaker, whose work is also found in California, Florida and abroad. The organic forms of each unique piece are sculpted in metal that is designed to patina over time and move gently in the wind.
Funding for the project was raised through donations from individuals, local businesses, and the developers of the Triangle with the assistance of the Liberty Arts Foundation.
Created by Liberty resident Robert Evans, the 800-pound steel sculpture was unveiled in 2013. With links to Africa and carried to the Americas through the slave trade, bottle trees are believed to trap evil spirits after dusk and vaporize them in the heat of the morning sun.
Location: 502 N. Water Street
The Giant Pencil
A 100-foot, yellow No. 2 pencil can also be found in Liberty's skyscape. First and foremast a telecommunications tower, the giant pencil brightens Liberty's sklyine.