Sculpture Tour - Douglas Avenue - Wichita, Kansas
Sculpture Tour - Wichita, Kansas
One of the greatest things about downtown Wichita, Kansas are the sculptures you’ll find along Douglas Avenue. There are over thirty of them scattered around a three or four block area. They were put there beginning when city leaders decided to revitalize downtown beginning in about 1991. Using a grant, they commissioned artist Georgia Gerber to design the whimsical sculptures you’ll find while walking downtown.
Woolworth's Lunch Counter - Home of Civil Rights Sit In
The best place to begin is a pocket park that is created where an old Woolworth’s store once stood. It would have been just one of hundreds such stores, except for something amazing that happened during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. This Woolworth’s store was one of many where a sit-in occurred at the lunch counter. This historical event is memorialized by a bronze lunch counter – life sized and inviting to the business lunch crowd. There are stools to sit on, customers to sit and talk with and even salt, pepper and napkins to help you out during your meal. Be sure to tip the waitress well!
Douglas Avenue - Wichita, Kansas
Douglas Avenue Sculptures
Which Sculpture Would You Most Like To See?
Man and Guitar
Also while in the pocket park, sit down and enjoy the man playing the guitar with his dog. His guitar case is open by his side so that you can give him all of your spare change while you listen. After all, he is THAT good! At least the little dog certainly thinks so. The little boys riding by on their scooters may think differently, but they are really too busy to stop and give you their opinion. The little girl with her balloon certainly seems to enjoy the music as she plays, as well. Be careful and don’t step on the little frog that seems to be listening, as well!
What Do They See?
Boy and His Mother
As you travel west down Douglas, watch out for the fox. He’s on the hunt for the prairie chickens. For now they are safe atop the paper stand – but be careful – they may fly away at any time! Continue on your walk, and you will see the little boy with his mother. Try to see what they see as she points into the air.
A Little Music Anyone?
Little Girl and Pony
Children Playing Along Douglas Avenue
Cross the street to where the little girl is. Perhaps she will give you a ride on her pony, if her dog will let you get close enough. She seems friendly enough! There is also a prairie dog watching close by – be sure not to miss him! He is standing at attention and watching all that goes on around him. And the squirrel watches him from above on the flower container.
Walk a little further and you see two brothers playing in the water. They have found a cup and are pouring the water from their hands. I hope the water is clean! But, no matter, they are having a great time whatever the case.
Sculptures Along Douglas Avenue
- Woolworth's Lunch Counter
- Little Boy on Scooter
- Big Boy on Scooter
- Girl With Balloon
- Street Musician and Little Dog
- Prairie Chickens
- Mother and Son
- Cat and Birds
- Pack Rats
- Little Girl, Pony and Dog
- Prairie Dog
- Boy and Girl
- Cow and Calf
- Boy and Pedal Car
Wichita - Still A Cowtown?
Down the street you will see two cows. You do remember that at one time Wichita was a cow town, right? Maybe these two have escaped the cattle drive and are off on their own adventures. They seem to have found some charming friends to tease along the way! Some ducks, a little rabbit and a small dog are all in the path.
It must be lunch time – you see a business man at the corner. It must be warm outside. He has taken his shoes off and has laid them aside on the bench. He has taken a hint from the boys down the street and is also enjoying the puddles.
Cross the street once again to the south. Be watchful – there is a small lizard trying to hide from you on the planter wall. Maybe he is trying to escape from the little girl who is playing hopscotch while her faithful cat watches on.
A duck and her duckling have moved down the road. They are trying to hide beneath the paper stands, but you can still see them. They may be hiding from the little boy pushing his pedal car through the puddles on the sidewalk. The little boy barely notices the turtle hiding in the corner, but if you look closely, you will see him.
A Business Man Cools His Feet Along Douglas Avenue
Hope You Enjoyed Your Sculpture Tour!
By this time you have completed your tour – you are back at the pocket park where you started. Hopefully, you have enjoyed your tour and the sculptures you have found along the city streets.