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 town?
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 piece 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 Reardon. While the racing seven in front of the fountain are a major focal point, take time to mosey through the park + you’ll find historical plaques, foals, and a winner’s circle statue.
Gratz Park Fountain, 250 W. Third St.
Dedicated in 1933, this fountain was sculpted by New York artist Joseph Pollia. It was given as a gift to the children of Lexington by author 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.
This 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.