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BOULEVART ART TOUR

Edmond Public Art SELF-GUIDED TOURS

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1 - Cinco Ventanas - Greg Reiche

Located on Broadway median, just south of Covell

2 - Duet - Jeff Laing

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Located on Boulevard median Âź mile south of Covell

3 - Endeavor - Jeff Laing

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Located on Boulevard median ½ mile south of Covell

4 - Dancing Timber Ridge Family - Darroll Riddick Located at Boulevard and Ramblewood at the entrance to the Timber Ridge Neighborhood

5 - Twin Stars - Kevin Robb

Located on Boulevard median just south of Danforth

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6 - Zephyr - Tom Woodward

Located on Boulevard median just north of Bowman

7 - Triangles - Jim Stewart

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Located on Boulevard median just north of Colcord

8 - Backyard Adventure - Missy Vandable Located on the east side of Boulevard, just north of Colcord

9 - Double Dipper - Mark Lundee

Located on the east side of Boulevard, just south of Hadwiger

10 - Voids and Foliage I and II - Joe Slack Located on Boulevard median at Lincoln

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11 - Cloned Cube - Joe Slack

Located on Boulevard median between Clegern and Wayne Located on Boulevard median between Wayne and Thatcher

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12 - Twirl at the Dance - Dean Imel 13 - Angles - Jim Stewart

Located on Boulevard median between Thatcher and Ayers

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14 - Straight and Narrow - Lisa Gordon

Located on Boulevard median just north of Edwards

15 - Ancient One - Jimmie Dodson Jr

Located on Boulevard median just south of Edwards

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16 - The Good Book - Mark Lundeen

Located on the northwest corner of Boulevard and Campbell

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17 - Truth Seeker - Gregory Reade

Located on the northeast corner of Boulevard and Campbell

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18 - Balance 1- Destiny Allison

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Located on Boulevard median just north of Hurd

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19 - Dawn of Hope - Mary Lou Gresham

Located on the southwest corner of Broadway and Hurd

20 - Window to the Soul - Greg Reiche 21 - Journey II - Gary Lee Price

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22 - Early Edmond Banking - Dr Bob Palmer

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Located on Boulevard median just north of Main Located on Boulevard median between Main and 1st Located on the east wall of InterBank at 1st and Boulevard

23 - Lady Liberty - Fidly-Voshart Co

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Located on Boulevard median just north of 2nd

Located in Stephenson Park at 4th an Boulevard

26 - Water Bearer II - Shirley Thomson Smith

Located at the southeast corner of the Edmond Historical Society at 5th and Boulevard

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25 - Peace (also known as Plow Shears) - Rich Muno

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Located on Boulevard median just north of 4th

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24 - Royal Red - Tim Cherry

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Art In Public Places Edmond’s public art program has helped fill the city with a sense of community and culture. The Edmond Visual Arts Commission is responsible for all of the public art around the city, and is in charge of expanding the art collection, promoting the public art program, and maintaining the pieces. These pieces are funded in one of three ways: Donations, public/private partnerships, and CIP 1% set-aside funds. The public art program began in 2002, with 14 pieces in the inventory. Now, there are over 200 pieces, with the 200th being installed in June of 2018. Within this collection, there are many installations from Oklahoma natives, and some from artists who are known and admired throughout the world. The City’s art program has created a great attraction for tourists and given Edmond residents something to be proud of.

BoulevART Art Tour This tour takes your down the length of Boulevard Street. From Danforth all the way to 5th Street, there is at least one art piece on every block. This abundance of art makes this corridor known as “BoulevART.” With more than 20 art installations on this self-guided tour, BoulevART really lives up to its name.


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Cinco Ventanas Greg Reiche

“Cinco Ventanas” by Greg Reiche is a naturalistic sculpture that can be marveled from any angle. This piece sits in the Broadway median, just south of Covell, allowing for it to be seen from many different points of view. “Cinco Ventanas” was installed in Edmond in 2020 and was paid for in partnership with Randel Shadid. It was a replacement to another Greg Reiche piece entitled “Tuntawu Offering” that was destroyed in a hit and run accident in October 2019. “Cinco Ventanas” is constructed entirely of stone and glass. The artist uses these materials in many of his works to try to maintain a connection to elements in nature. On his website, he states “Within these elements lie unlimited possibilities. I choose them for their strength, expression, and beauty.


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Duet Jeff Laing

“Duet” by Jeff Laing is a sharp piece made out of a bright stainless-steel. This sculpture was placed in Edmond in the year 2010. It was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Jimmie Shadid-Brown. The artist of “Duet” was not always in the field of fine arts. Jeff Laing was working at a corporate job, when a tragic loss prompted him to look back at his life. Jeff began to realize that life is too short to be stuck doing something that he did not enjoy, and began working as a full-time artist.


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Endeavor Jeff Laing

“Endeavor” is one of five brilliant sculptures in Edmond that have been created by Jeff Laing. This fascinating piece is set to represent our feelings as we navigate this never-ending story called life. Within the statue, there are three distinct points made of stainless-steel that appear to be moving with the wind. “Endeavor” was installed in the city of Edmond in 2009. Since then, it has become a beloved work of art that the community enjoys interacting with. In fact, someone in the Edmond community places a Santa hat on each one of the points every year around Christmas time. Thanks to the Edmond Visual Arts Commission and Randel Shadid partnering on “Endeavor,” there has been a large sense of community created around the piece.


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Dancing Timber Ridge Family Darroll Riddick

“Dancing Timber Ridge Family” by Darroll Riddick is a touching steel sculpture that sits in an open area of a park in the Timber Ridge neighborhood. It depicts a family holding hands and swinging in a circle. They are all joined together as a unit, and even the dog is taking part. This piece was paid for in partnership by the Timber Ridge Homeowner’s Association. The neighborhood HOA wanted something to represent the community as a whole and demonstrate what is great about Timber Ridge. “Dancing Timber Ridge Family” was placed in 2006, and still stands tall today.


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Twin Stars Kevin Robb

“Twin Stars” by Kevin Robb is a striking stainless-steel piece that has a unique story behind its acquisition. This sculpture was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission in partnership with Dana Shadid and the family and friends of Randel Shadid. Dana was interested in this work of art as it reminded her of her husband, Randel. “Twin Stars was to me, symbolic of the man I married who has become addicted to art and especially to getting a piece of public art on almost every corner in Edmond. While many recognize him as a “star” of the public art program in Edmond, he is also a star for being the catalyst of many things that make Edmond the community it is today. During his time on the City Council and then as Mayor, he continually strived to make Edmond the best possible place to live, work and raise a family. He fought hard on some pretty unpopular issues at the time ---- no smoking in public places, landscaping requirements, strict building codes, more land for parks and commercial sign size and look, to name just a few.”


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Zephyr Tom Woodward

“Zephyr” by Tom Woodward is a large, abstract sculpture that sits in the Boulevard median, north of Bowman. The word ‘zephyr’ is defined as a soft, gentle breeze, which is demonstrated in this piece. Looking closely, you may see the gentle curves and twists in the shape, looking almost as if it is blowing in the wind. This sculpture was Installed in its current location in June 2011. Although it has been in its home for quite some time, “Zephyr” still retains a new-like beauty. It paid for in partnership with local Edmond legend, Randel Shadid.


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Triangles Jim Stewart

“Triangles” by Jim Stewart is a coated steel sculpture that was installed in Edmond in 2011. The first thing that one will notice about this piece is the gorgeous red color. This bright piece is a true eye-catcher, as it sticks out against all of the greenery in the area. This sculpture was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts commission with Randel and Dana Shadid as partners. It sits in the Boulevard median, north of Colcord. “Triangles” is a fan favorite in the area and has become a prime place for picture-taking.


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Backyard Adventure Missy Vandable

“Backyard Adventure” by Missy Vandable depicts a sweet scene of two children playing with a tire swing. This piece was partnered on by Carol Ricks, whose mother and grandmother had been residents of the Oklahoma Christian Home, now named Bradford Village. With a combination of Carol’s funds and the Edmond Visual Arts Commission, she was able to select both “Backyard Adventure” and “Double Dipper” to be placed at Bradford Village. Both of these pieces bring much joy to the residents. “Backyard Adventure” by Missy Vandable brings forth a sense of childlike wonder, helping bring back memories of much simpler times.


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Double Dipper Mark Lundeen

“Double Dipper” by Mark Lundeen is a work of art that demonstrates the relationship between two opposite generations. The piece depicts a grandfather and his granddaughter enjoying an ice cream cone together. Although they are different in age, their spirit is the same, and they have an unbreakable bond through that. The artist, Mark Lundeen, specializes in realism. He creates scenes inspired by everyday life that may remind you of yourself or someone you know. In a quote from his website, it says “A gifted storyteller, he stages his sculpture around the stories his characters portray. His style is highly detailed realism. His work has a strong physical presence, whether an aggressive athlete, or a pensive older person or shy child. The ability to capture a moment in time best describes his work as a sculptor.”


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Voids and Foliage I and II Joe Slack

“Voids and Foliage, I and II” by Joe Slack are two pieces that work together as one. These two sculptures with a harmonious bond have been crafted out of Cor-Ten steel and sit at the northwest corner of Broadway and Hurd Street. While both pieces were originally placed in 2012, they were moved in 2019 to be together as one. “Voids and Foliage, I and II” by Joe Slack were paid for in partnership with Randel and Dana Shadid.


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Cloned Cube Joe Slack

“Cloned Cube” by Joe Slack is a bright green masterpiece made of powder-coated steel. It sits at the Boulevard median north of Wayne. This sculpture was installed in 2010 and was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Barry and Dorene Shadid. The artist of this piece, Joe Slack, is an Oklahoma native who taught himself almost everything that he knows. He has a unique style, with not one sculpture looking exactly like another. On his website, he says “My sculpture and furniture could be defined as primitive inspired art with a modern spin and a touch of humor.” Slack wishes for people to gather their own interpretation of his art. One of the most beautiful things about art is the ability for each viewer to have a unique perspective.


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Twirl at the Dance Dean Imel

“Twirl at the Dance” by Dean Imel is a kinetic sculpture that is constantly changing with the wind. Dean Imel is an expert at creating these ever-changing copper wind sculptures. In fact, he has become so prestigious in the Oklahoma art community for his work that the Oklahoma City Arts Council selected him as the 2020 Featured Artist. Unfortunately, the 2020 arts festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, but this incredible craftsman continues to create art. This particular art piece sits on the Boulevard median, north of Thatcher. It was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Jimmie-Shadid Brown. “Twirl at the Dance” by Dean Imel was installed in its current home in the year 2013.


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Angles Jim Stewart

“Angles” is another Jim Stewart sculpture that captures attention with its fiery red hue. This piece goes perfectly with “Triangles,” which was also created by this Oklahoma artist. Both of these statues help Edmond reach their goal of having a work of art located in each block of Boulevard from Second Street to Danforth. “Angles” was placed in 2009 and was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Dakil Auctioneers, Inc. This locally owned auction firm was founded in 1983 and has become one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious. This sculpture being placed was an incredible tale of several successful Oklahomans coming together to create something wonderful.


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Straight and Narrow Lisa Gordon

“Straight and Narrow” by Lisa Gordon is not your typical horse statue. This bronze and fabricated steel piece depicts a horse walking across a small beam, balancing on the narrow pathway. This sculpture was paid for in partnership with Jimmie Shadid-Brown in 2009. “Straight and Narrow’s” artist, Lisa Gordon, is an expert in everything equine. In her artist’s statement, she says “My goal is to render the horse with empathy and respect without getting bogged down in realities. I strive to breathe new life into an often cliché historical subject. By using tension and whimsy and by juxtaposing figure and form my sculptures are carving out a space of their own in the world of quine sculpture.”


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Ancient One Jimmie Dodson Jr

“Ancient One” by Jimmie Dobson Jr. is an incredibly unique sculpture that is not like anything that many have ever seen before. This work is constructed out of fabricated steel, and sits at the Boulevard median, south of Edwards. It was placed in its current location in 2009. “Ancient One” was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Barry and Dorene Shadid, Randel Shadid’s brother and sister-in-law. Randel believed that this piece was different than anything he had come across and pushed his brother to be the private partner. When discussing this, he said “When it comes to public art, I have no shame.”


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The Good Book Mark Lundeen

“The Good Book” by Mark Lundeen portrays a woman sitting and reading a book with two young children. This sculpture was installed in 2007 and sits outside of the Edmond Public Schools Special Services Building. It was sponsored paid for in partnership with Edmond Public Schools as their designated centennial project. The artist of this piece, Mark Lundeen, is a master of realism, as you can see in “The Good Book.” A quote from his website states “Mark Lundeen is a highly realistic sculptor with a fine sense of detail and creates sculpture with fluid lines, balance and integrity. Mark can capture one moment in time and translate that moment into eternity.” This sculpture was the perfect way to commemorate Oklahoma’s 100th year of being a state.


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Truth Seeker Gregory Reade

“Truth Seeker” by Gregory Reade was purchased with 1% CIP funds through the Edmond Visual Arts Commission. This bronze sculpture depicts a philosopher sitting in a state of wonder, with his fingers outstretched, pondering the question: What is the truth, and how do we know? It sits on the northeast corner of Boulevard and Campbell and was installed in 2010. The artist, Gregory Reade, is a self-taught figurative sculptor. He consistently seeks new knowledge as a way of enhancing his art. On his website, a statement reads “Gregory Reade sculpts contemporary bronze figures that reveal the inner self as challenged by today’s modern life.”


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Balance 1 Destiny Allison

“Balance 1” by Destiny Allison is a magnificent sculpture that sits in the Boulevard median between Main and Hurd. It is constructed entirely of steel, and while this is a heavy material, “Balance 1” still manages to seem weightless. This piece was placed in Edmond in 2007 and paid for in partnership with Randel Shadid. Destiny Allison, the artist of “Balance 1,” is an expert at her craft. On her website she says “Organic metal sculptures enhanced with geometric shapes give voice to the beauty and complexity of my everyday experience. Each unique sculpture has a story. Every shape has a meaning. Through a combination of shapes, colors, and forms, I explore the relationship between what we know and what we desire.”


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Dawn of Hope Mary Lou Gresham

“Dawn of Hope” by Mary Lou Gresham is a life-sized bronze that stands tall in front of Russell Dougherty Elementary School. It was dedicated in 2009 and was sponsored by the Edmond Parks Foundation. This piece is dedicated to the young men and women from Edmond who served their country during World War II. There are bricks surrounding the statue dedicated to many military members, including those who died by Russell’s side. The man depicted in the statue is none other than Russell Dougherty himself. The name “Dawn of Hope” was chosen to show us the role of the United States Marines in Guadalcanal. This bronze shows Dougherty heading to his aircraft on the last dawn of his life. He is carrying his parachute and looks up at the morning sky as the sun rises, the glare reflecting off his sunglasses. “Dawn of Hope” is facing to the East, so that the sun catches the glasses, just like it did on Russell Dougherty’s final morning in Guadalcanal. Each element of this sculpture is incredibly realistic and looks as if Russell Dougherty is frozen in time as his memory lives on.


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Window to the Soul Greg Reiche

“Window to the Soul” by Greg Reiche is a piece that looks utterly natural and elemental. This sculpture was constructed out of stone and glass and was sponsored by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Place Properties. It was installed in Edmond in 2009. This work of art is truly an eye-catcher. We can all see a portion of ourselves in this work. The organic materials and shape of the statue give it a very raw and real feeling. The large piece of glass in the center of the sculpture really helps it live up to the name “Window to the Soul.”


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Journey II Gary Lee Price

“Journey II” by Gary Lee Price depicts two of Edmond’s most well-known residents: Geese. This attention-capturing sculpture was placed in the city in 2002. It was purchased by the City of Edmond before the Edmond Visual Arts Commission was formed. The artist of this piece, Gary Lee Price, creates sculptures that are meant to celebrate life. A quote from his website regarding this piece states, “It’s all about the journey – not necessarily the destination. I keep reminding myself that and as I sculpted these beautiful, powerful creatures I thought about our life’s journeys and the companions we choose to fly with. I find many aspects of bird’s lives applicable and symbolic to our own.”


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Early Edmond Banking Dr Bob Palmer

“Early Edmond Banking” by Dr. Bob Palmer sits on the back wall of InterFirst Bank in Edmond. It was sponsored by Union Bank in partnership with the Edmond Visual Arts Commission. The mural was painted in 2005. This particular piece is one that Dr. Palmer remembers vividly, as the car depicted in the mural is one of the first that he ever painted. While working on this project, he learned a lot about the city, met new clients, and had a lot of fun along the way. In an interview with Dr. Palmer, he said, “I have made many great memories over the years. My clients have become more like family to me.”


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Lady Liberty Fidly-Voshart Company

“Lady Liberty” is a statue that made its debut long before the Edmond Visual Arts Commission was formed. The original bronze replica stood at 8’ 4” and was produced by the Friedly-Voshardt Company. It was purchased by the Boy Scouts of America in 1951. “Lady Liberty” was originally located on the north side of the intersection of Boulevard and 2nd Street, but was moved to Liberty Park in the 1970’s. It returned to its original location on July 4, 1991 after undergoing restoration. In the year 2007, concerns about deterioration caused the LibertyFest Centennial Board to pursue a recasting project. The piece was recast by The Crucible LLC and replaced the original replica on Boulevard and 2nd Street. The original was moved to the Edmond Historical Society and Museum for safekeeping, where you can still visit it today.


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Royal Red Tim Cherry

“Royal Red� by Tim Cherry depicts a regal red fox that seems to be watching over the city of Edmond. This bronze piece was placed in Edmond in 2005 and is located in the Boulevard median by 4th Street. It was paid for in partnership with Randel and Dana Shadid. This artist of this sculpture, Tim Cherry, was raised in British Columbia where he developed a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. In each one of his pieces, he makes it a priority to stick to the true nature of the animal, while creating something bold and balanced. Tim Cherry has won several awards for his works and has many installations across the country.


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Peace/Plowshares Rich Muno

“Peace,” also known as “Plowshares”, by Rich Muno is a sculpture dedicated to all of the men and women from Edmond who have served in the armed forces. This piece depicts a tall young man driving his sword into a plowshare. It is surrounded by bricks that bear the names of current and former Edmond residents and donors to the Edmond Centennial Project. Many of the names are in honor of Edmond Veterans The name and concept of “Peace” stems from Isaiah’s second chapter in the Bible. The verse reads: “He shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” The purpose of this statue is to serve as a reminder that those who serve in the military will continue to fight for us and create peace until weapons are no longer needed.


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Water Bearer II Shirley Thomson Smith

“Water Bearer II” by Shirley Thomson Smith is a bronze sculpture that sits outside of the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. The sponsor for this piece was the Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with friends of EVAC. It was installed in Edmond in 2010. This statue demonstrates the strength and wisdom that is exhibited by Native American Women, which is a theme in most of Shirley Thomson Smith’s works. This work in particular was inspired by Navajo women that the artist had met in Durango, Colorado. The strength in these women can also be reflected in the life of Shirley Thomson Smith, when she left her job to become a sculptor.