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Edmond dedicates its largest piece of artwork

The dedication ceremony of the Edmond public art statue, Touch the Clouds, by Dave McGary, along Route 66 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
The dedication ceremony of the Edmond public art statue, Touch the Clouds, by Dave McGary, along Route 66 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

EDMOND — Dedication of Edmond's largest piece of artwork, “Touch the Clouds” took place Sunday on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.

City taxpayers and private donors paid $201,184 for the sculpture by the artist David McGary, who died in 2013 and was a noted western sculptor, known as a master of realism.

“The addition of David McGary's magnificent ‘Touch the Clouds' to Edmond's Art in Public Places adds a new dimension to Edmond's collection — that of a nationally acclaimed piece of Southwestern art,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner. “The council is also pleased that our partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma has enabled us to place the piece on Historic Route 66.”

City council members in November 2013 approved purchase of the statue from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association for $50,000.

The sculpture had stood outside the Houston Astrodome since 1998 before it arrived in Edmond May 24, 2015.

Taxpayers spent $171,184 to purchase, move and install the piece on a new base.

Private donors spent another $30,000 for restoration of the 17-year-old sculpture, which depicts a Lakota Sioux warrior know for his bravery, skill in battle, his physical strength and his diplomacy in counsel.

He served as an Indian scout and was the cousin of the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse.

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City officials have estimates that the 18-foot-tall by 15-foot-wide bronze sculpture is worth $500,000.

The statue is on Second Street, just west of Garland Godfrey Drive, on the UCO campus.

“Touch the Clouds” is one of about 170 pieces of public art displayed throughout the city.

The Art in Public Places program exhibits a wide range of styles of artwork. To view an interactive map of Edmond's public art, go online to www.edmondok.com/art.

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Dana Shadid, Bronlyn McGary, daughter of artist, and Molly McGary, wife,  during the dedication ceremony of the Edmond public art statue, Touch the Clouds, by Dave McGary, along Route 66 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Dana Shadid, Bronlyn McGary, daughter of artist, and Molly McGary, wife, during the dedication ceremony of the Edmond public art statue, Touch the Clouds, by Dave McGary, along Route 66 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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