Manhattan Roundabout Receives Pedestal Statue

By: Monty Thompson
By: Monty Thompson

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The pedestal atop the roundabout at 4th and Bluemont in Manhattan is empty no more thanks to a special delivery that arrived Thursday afternoon.

When the roundabout was built in 2010, plans called for a sculpture to sit on the pedestal. Since then, 33 artists have applied to have their work put on display by offering pieces of art portraying the history of Kansas.

The piece unveiled this afternoon was a bronze rendition of a Kaw Indian Chief offering a customary peace pipe to all.

"So doing some research I found that the Kaw Indians were on the Blue River and lived around the Blue River," said sculptor Tom Ford. "It was just that simple, ‘I’m going to do a Kaw warrior.’ I incorporated the peace pipe as far as a welcoming sign into the city."

The new sculpture stands over 10 feet tall and is being titled the “Peace Offering on the Blue”.

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