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Dave McGary 'Touch The Cloud'sculpture will move from Houston to University of Central Oklahoma campus

Edmond City Council members and University of Central Oklahoma officials agreed to place “Touch the Cloud” on campus. The 18 feet tall by 15 feet wide piece of artwork is being moved from Houston.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: June 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm •  Published: June 28, 2014

— “Touch the Clouds,” an 18-foot-tall by 15-foot-wide piece of artwork, eventually will stand west of Garland Godfrey Drive on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

The 20,300-pound sculpture, by the late internationally known sculptor Dave McGary, has been purchased by the city of Edmond from the Houston Livestock Rodeo Association. It is now outside the Houston Astrodome and will be moved to Oklahoma.

UCO and the city have reached an agreement to allow the sculpture to be placed on campus.

“Clearly, we would need to work with the university on any landscaping and the site preparation to stage the piece,” Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said. “It will be a good backdrop with the trees.”

Council members this week approved the agreement by a vote of 4-1. Mayor Charles Lamb cast the only “no” vote. He wanted the sculpture to be placed on city-owned property. He was in favor of King Park, a small park behind the Public Works building, 10 S Littler Ave.

Other council members were in favor of locations that were visible from Second Street or along historic Route 66, on a hill near the Smith House on the southwest portion of Edmond 66 Park.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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