When Bernard "Poco" Frazier tackled a 15-ton piece of stone and turned it into art, a reporter asked him how he could do that.
The Kansan replied it was by the same process he had learned farming while growing up near Athol.
"I learned to stand by my plow and look at a quarter-section of land and say, 'I'm going to turn all that over.' That makes the stone seem a small thing," he said.
A nationally recognized artist, Frazier taught for several decades at the University of Kansas. He was known throughout the state for tackling massive projects, and he produced 22 major works.
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Frazier works are at Friends University, the Wichita Center for the Arts and Wichita City Hall.
His works are also in the Docking State Office Building in Topeka; the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha; and the state office building in Jefferson City, Mo.
He did the 30-ton concrete sculpture "Hands of God and Man" for Wichita's Reformation Lutheran Church, now at 13th and Broadmoor — just west of Rock Road.
His artwork most often depicted prairie animals and people.
He was born in 1906 and started sculpting as a boy.
The nickname Poco — Spanish for small — came from his size. As a college student, he weighed 100 pounds and stood 5 feet tall.
During his undergraduate days at the University of Kansas, Frazier became a track star, winning conference titles in cross country and the 2-mile run.
After he graduated in 1929, he studied at the National Academy of Art, the Chicago School of Sculpture and the Art Institute of Chicago.
From 1944 to 1950, he served as director of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa before returning to Kansas in 1956 to teach sculpture at KU.
Question: With more than 70,000 pieces of homemade tiles, what Frazier artwork is considered one of his largest in Wichita?
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