The Journal Record
By Brian Brus
OKLAHOMA CITY– City Council members will receive an odd offer this month: a gift of $100,000 to pay for a man, his son and his horse.
The sculpture, Pioneers of 1889, has been in storage for two years, pulled from Kerr Park downtown during construction at the SandRidge building. Robbie Kienzle, Oklahoma City Hall’s art liaison, said the piece was originally donated by the B.D. Eddie family in the 1960s and needed structural repairs before it could be replaced. That cost has been picked up by the family, Kienzle said, and the statue is expected to be unveiled shortly, with the council’s blessing.
The statue is just one example of about 150 art installations in public spaces across the city. Those pieces, primarily sculptures, can be found at sites such as the zoo, Will Rogers World Airport, the Bricktown Canal and numerous parks.