October 29, 2011

'Paragon' sculpture installed at WaterWalk

Workers with Belger Cartage and Paley Studios Ltd. assemble and install Albert Paley's controversial 38-foot, 28-ton, $350,000 sculpture, titled "Paragon," at WaterWalk on Friday.

Though some — including three Wichita City Council members — criticized the work when it was proposed, Paley said the sculpture is intended to symbolize Wichita's natural and historic features. It draws on American Indian colors; metal shaping to evoke the city's aviation history; and a spire pointing to the open Kansas sky.

"The sense of grandeur here with the sky is amazing," the artist told City Council members in May when they approved the project.

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