Committee Brings Art Downtown

Written by on April 23, 2019

The City of Cody is partnering with local organizations to bring art to public spaces.

At last week’s City Council meeting, the Council voted to enter into an agreement with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to display a bronze statue by T.D. Kelsey in the Bell Plaza area in downtown Cody.

The bronze, which will be on loan from the museum, is expected to be one of three large statues that will grace public spaces as the inaugural project for the City’s new Public Arts Committee. Cody Mayor Matt Hall says the Kelsey bronze is just one of the improvements they hope to make in Bell Plaza.

Hall says a bronze bench featuring Buffalo Bill – a gift to the City by sculptor Vic Payne – will find its permanent home across the street from the Irma Hotel. He says that a member of the Public Arts Committee is working with the Harry Jackson Institute to secure a third bronze that would be placed in a fitting location for its theme.

The Public Arts Committee was formed early this year as a way to not only beautify the community for its visitors, but Hall says, as a gift to its residents year-round.


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