Downtown Lexington Sculpture Guide

A sculpture in downtown Lexington featuring five women made of steel

STAND stands proudly outside of the Fifth Third Building. | Photo by LEXtoday

You likely pass by them all the time, on foot, scooter, or in your car. But, have you ever paused to really look at the big + bold sculptures scraping the skies around downtown?

Let us be your tour guide. Today we’re walking you through a sculpture stroll of downtown Lexington.

Stand 2020,” West Vine Street + South Mill Street | Designed by nationally renowned artist Barbara Grygutis, this 20-ft aluminum sculpture features the silhouettes of five women, commemorating the women suffragists who fought for the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Stop by at night to see the sculptures illuminated from within, acting as a community beacon.

Thoroughbred Park,” 100 Midland Ave. | Serving as the gateway to downtown, Thoroughbred Park features a total of 12 bronze horse statues from sculptor Gwen Readon. While the racing seven in front of the fountain are a major focal point, take some time to mosey through the park + you’ll find historical plaques, foals, and a winner’s circle statue.

A fountain in Gratz Park in Lexington

The plaque reads, “A fountain dedicated to youth.” | Photo by LEXtoday

Gratz Park Fountain,” 250 W. Third St. | Dedicated in 1933, this dainty fountain was sculpted by New York’s Joseph Pollia + given as a gift to the children of Lexington by author and Transylvania alum, James Lane Allen.

Publisher,” Central Bank Center Plaza | This 70-ft linear piece was created by Lexington-born sculptor John Raymond Henry. The Publisher was originally located on the lawn of Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, but now towers over West Vine Street + Triangle Park.

Unlearn Fear + Hate,” 201 W. Short St. | The 23-ft wide stainless steel halo sculpture hangs on the side of a building and was designed as an art project by Transylvania artists + professors, Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde. The phrase comes from a commissioned poem by Frank X. Walker and the final sculpture was fabricated by Prometheus Art.