Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Keeper of the Plains" Weekend in B&W, Creative Exchange, Mellow Yellow Monday







































The Keeper Of  The Plains is a 44 foot tall steel sculpture standing at the point where the Big and the Little Arkansas rivers join together in downtown Wichita, Kansas. The impressive sculpture was created by Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin, an internationally recognized artist.  This icon of Wichita was erected in May 1974 to celebrate the United States Bicentennial.  Several years ago it was renovated and placed on a 30 foot pedestal  making it tower over 70 feet above the river.  It is surrounded by a Ring of Fire at night--quite impressive.

31 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

Some fun shots, I have not seen this, been a few years since i was in the neighborhood.

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful artwork , that second one is adorable!
Léia

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow.....this is incredibly iconic!! In a marvelous way. I would love to see this at night then, also!!!

Fantastic. And I really appreciated that you share the background info on the work of art.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

That is such an interesting post Mickie. The stature looks very impressive and your photos are great.

I too would love to see it at night.

x Fiona

Genie said...

Buddy would die to see this statue. He would be in hog heaven. I have looked at each of the three processings, and I cannot pick a favorite. They are all so strong in their own ways. About school.....I am still full time at 73 UGH...for the last 9 years I have taught the in-school suspension room, but I am tiring of the same bad kids over and over each day. They are getting meaner and more ruthless exhibiting no understanding of right from wrong, and respect for authority. They give me NO trouble because no matter what they have done to get sent to me, I still do not pass judgement. In reality, my cellblock/cave is their safe place. I just listen to them. Sooner than later they calm down and I can get them to do their work. Some even ask to come to me when they feel they are about to explode. Still, I am tired of teaching. I started at 20 and know nothing else. Now at 73 I think it may be time to enjoy the other things in my life and turn it over to someone else. Our school will be closed at the end of 2013, and under no circumstances would I go to the combined school. My dream for years has been to go to nursing homes, use my English background, and be a scribe for the elderly so they can get their life’s stories down on paper. So, to answer your question...I am not subbing...I am working full time. Hope you are having a nice weekend. It is not so cold here right now, so am about to get outside in the sunshine and go to the grocery store. genie

Laura said...

Just as lovely in all through colorways.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent composition.
My favorite is the middle photo with added texture.

Regards and best wishes

eileeninmd said...

It is a pretty sculpture, your photos are wonderful. Have a great weekend, Mickie

NatureFootstep said...

a nice piece of art. :) It should be great to see it at night when the fire is on. Must give the statue some interesting shadow work. :)

Carver said...

I enjoyed seeing the sculpture in different types of shots.

CherryPie said...

What an amazing statue? I love the different treatments you have done with it.

I hope you are having a great weekend :-)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Neat how you've provided three samples, all distinctly different and beautiful. I also appreciate the background info! I like the contrast in the monochrome, the middle one is my favorite.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful presentation! Best wishes!

Kelly said...

I like all three versions of this shot - each is beautiful in its own way.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Looks great, love your edit in the middle photo, makes the sculpture all the more stunning.

Dragonstar said...

Such a fine statue, and it shows really well in black and white.

George said...

This is a magnificent statue, and all three versions of your photo are excellent.

Gillian Olson said...

Great piece of sculpture, it must be very impressive at night surrounded by the ring of fire. I like all the effects too.

Chatty Crone said...

Very interesting shots - I think that the second one is my favorite. sandie

Leanne said...

Wow, what an interesting sculpture - HArd to believe it's so big! Love all these shots.

Liz said...

Beautiful shots. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Luna Miranda said...

a pretty dramatic piece of sculpture.

jeannette said...

Wow, 44 feet is quite tall! Have a happy MYM:)

lisa said...

Wow! This is an amazing sculpture, and you have photographed it so beautifully Mickie!

Thank you so much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!

lisa.

Karen said...

Isn't this grand! Love the second shot!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

What a beautiful sculpture; thank you for sharing the background.

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is gorgeous Mickey!

Canada

chubskulit said...

Gorgeus!!

Please come and see my yellow entry. Happy Valentine's Day!

Kala said...

Gorgeous sculpture. I bet it is beautiful when seen at night.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

I love the creativity in these. Great job Mickie!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Yes, yes, yes. Silhouettes are my kind of thing and against that pure sky in the third one ... wonderful. If I had to choose, it would be the third one but if there was something else in the photo to frame it, I would choose the first one. Having said all that, the second one is a great effect showing another dimension to your creative skills.