Kentucky in Wood
"Kentucky in Wood"
In 1981 the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), in cooperation with the Kentucky Arts Commission, held a competition to commission a work of art to be made of native Kentucky woods for the lobby of KDLA’s new building. The $15,000 commission was open to all Kentucky artists.
The winning entry was created by Murray artist Bobby Falwell and named Kentucky in Wood. His 24-foot long, 12-foot high abstract representation of the state is composed of six sections and includes seven stylized life-sized figures representing the people of Kentucky. The sculpture and figures incorporate 26 native Kentucky woods which were donated by Dr. Thomas D. Clark, noted Kentucky author, historian and teacher, and members of his family.
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