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Sculpture adds ‘new dimension’ to Edmond’s public art collection

Far left: This photograph shows the size of “Touch the Clouds” statue now at home on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and under the clouds of Edmond.

Far left: This photograph shows the size of “Touch the Clouds” statue now at home on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and under the clouds of Edmond.

EDMOND — Edmond is the home of a massive bronze sculpture depicting a Lakota Sioux warrior.

“Touch the Clouds” is the work of artist David McGary, who died in 2013 and was a noted Western sculptor.

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

“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,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner said. “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.”

It took a year for the city council to purchase, move and refurbish the huge piece of art. City taxpayers and private donors paid $201,184 for the sculpture.

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 on May 24, 2015.

Taxpayers spent $171,184 to buy, 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 warrior who served as an Indian scout and was the cousin of the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse.

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

“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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<p><span class="bold">At left:</span> A close-up of the plaque on the base describing the history of the statue. [PHOTOs BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>

At left: A close-up of the plaque on the base describing the history of the statue. [PHOTOs BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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