EDMOND — “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.
Other suggested locations were E.C. Hafer Park and Bickham-Rudkin Park.
City Councilman Nick Massey said, “It’s a great piece that will be a showpiece for the city of Edmond.”
Council members agreed to buy the sculpture for $50,000 and spend up to another $40,000 to move it to Edmond. Local art enthusiast Randel Shadid said he estimates the sculpture, which he calls “a marvelous piece by an international artist,” is worth $150,0000 without being refurbished.
Shadid estimated the sculpture’s worth could jump to $400,000 to $500,000 if the faded patina on the sculpture is redone.
McGary died Oct. 11 of kidney cancer at the age of 55.
“Touch the Clouds” is part of McGary’s Warrior Series. The sculpture depicts a Miniconjou chief of the late 19th century, a cousin of the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse.