Winning design chosen for Town Branch Park’s first art installation


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Town Branch Park project leaders announced today the winning design that will be the first public art installation displayed in the park.

The inner is “First Impressions”. It is a sculpture from Brooklyn based STUDIOKCA.

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The park’s team says the sculpture is a giant replica of an ammonite shell. Ammonites lived during Earth’s Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and left behind a substance that creates limestone, which makes up Lexington’s geologic foundation.

Written on the sculpture will be historic events from Earth’s beginnings to present day Lexington. Visitors should be able to climb on the sculpture and it should be big enough to serve as a mall amphitheater.

“The goal is to create a piece that makes visitors aware of a shared history on this planet, and encourages exploration and stewardship of a shared environment in the hopes of making a positive impact on it,” Allison Lankford, executive director of Town Branch Park, said.

The park says funding from the sculpture came from a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant of $100,000. That only covers the design phase, though. Town Branch Park will still be looking for other grants and donations to build the sculpture.

The grant covered just the design phase of the art. Lankford said Town Branch Park will be seeking other grants and private donations to build the sculpture when the park is ready to break ground.

The park says it will be working with Fayette County Public Schools to create a field trip guide to go along with the design.

The park will be located in the Manchester Parking Lot behind Rupp Arena.


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