Public Art - Sculptures

Public Art - Sculpture Program

With funding from a voter approved Transient Guest Tax, the City of Liberty and the Liberty Arts Commission have developed an annual sculpture program that will include up to six original, three-dimensional works of art to be displayed for a one-year period at pre-selected sites within Liberty’s historic downtown that yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The first sculpture selected through this program, Jacob Burmood's Plumb Twisted, was installed on July 17, 2017 just west of the Clay County Archives, in the 200 block of Franklin Street.

Plumb Twisted is an expression of organic movement and gravitational pull. The contrast of these forces reaches a compromise in the middle where the twirling thorns begin to point downward and stretch to the ground to create a support structure. The sculpture is made from steel, fiberglass, resin, red iron oxide and graphite -- Jacob Burmood

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 sculpture program.

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The Great Americans Project 

Former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson initiated The Great Americans Project to celebrate and honor men and women in American history. Through private fundraising, the project has brought two life-sized bronze statues to historic downtown since 2013. The project board plans to continue introducing more Great American sculptures in the coming years. 

Statue of George Washington

The first Great Americans Project statue was unveiled in June 2013 at a park on the corner of Lightburne and Mill streets. The life-size bronze sculpture of George Washington stands proudly atop a pedestal, pointing the way to William Jewell College. 

Statue of Mark Twain

 In June 2016, the second Great American statue, a life-size bronze sculpture of Mark Twain, was unveiled at the corner of Kansas and Missouri streets.

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Wind Sculptures

The Liberty Arts Commission installed three kinetic sculptures in 2013 in each of the two roundabouts on College Street between Conistor Street and Bluejay Drive.

The sculptures were created by internationally known artist Lyman Whitaker, whose work is also found in California, Florida and abroad. The organic forms of each unique piece are sculpted in metal that is designed to patina over time and move gently in the wind. 

Funding for the project was raised through donations from individuals, local businesses, and the developers of the Triangle with the assistance of the Liberty Arts Foundation.

Bottle Tree

Created by Liberty resident Robert Evans, the 800-pound steel sculpture was unveiled in 2013.  With links to Africa and carried to the Americas through the slave trade, bottle trees are believed to trap evil spirits after dusk and vaporize them in the heat of the morning sun. 

The Giant Pencil

A 100-foot, yellow No. 2 pencil can also be found in Liberty's skyscape. First and foremast a telecommunications tower, the giant pencil brightens Liberty's sklyine. 

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