3 ton art sculpture now at the Wichita Art Museum

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For the past three weeks, the Wichita Art Museum has been working on hanging a 3-ton sculpture in the entrance to the museum’s Boeing Foyer and now it’s finally installed and ready for viewing by the public.

Beth Lipman has been working on this piece for two years, designing, fabricating and installing it. living history was specifically designed for the museum, referencing its history, ecology, and the culture of Wichita and surrounding areas. The sculpture recreates the plants, grasses and rock formations found in the nearby Flint Hills while nodding to museum artwork.

The sculpture measures 14 feet long by 8 feet wide and 10 feet high. It is made of glass, wood, ceramic, and metal, combining ancient and modern forms to depict the past, present, and future of the Southwestern Kansas prairie.

Lipman’s work resides in numerous collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Other commissions include pieces for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

living history is supported by the F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust, INTRUST Bank and Trustee.

Anyone wishing to see this piece in person can head over to the Wichita Art Museum located at 1400 Museum Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Mildred D. Field