Koch Foundation donates $90,000 for sculpture garden

Wichita — The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation has donated $90,000 to the Wichita Center for the Arts to pay for the design and construction of the Koch Family Sculpture Garden.

The gift is in recognition of the Center' 90th anniversary.

Construction of the sculpture garden will begin immediately with completion expected this fall. It will be located west of the main gallery entry and adjacent to the Center's classrooms.

"The Koch Family Sculpture Garden is another educational building block that will provide enjoyment and visual learning opportunities for the Center's students, members and community at large," Center director Howard Ellington said.

Two of the garden's first sculptures, donated by Jay and Helen Galloway, will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Friday at a groundbreaking for the garden. A sculpture from the Gladys and Karl T. Wiedemann Foundation will also be announced along with other future gifts.

Some of the Center's familiar treasures will also find a home in the garden, including Bruce Moore's "Diana and Fawn," commissioned more than 40 years ago for the facility's opening.

Thomas Montgomery of GLMV Architecture is landscape architect and project manager.