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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres (44 ft) Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15-minute increments. They are generally lit once a night around 7 pm during the winter and sunset during the summer.

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  • We stood on the riverbank and admired this lovely work of art. nice area to walk and enjoy the day. nice town.  more »
  • It seems that every city has its own landmark statue, and Wichita, Kansas' Keeper of the Plains is no exception. The statue itself might seem underwhelming up close, but given a good distance, you...  more »
  • Me and my dog enjoyed A walk along the pathway. The only thing that wasn’t cool was there was broken glass along the walkway and some cigarette butts I was worried about the glass for my dogs foot but we were OK. It was a cool historic spot we will go again for another short walk. I got some nice pictures, want to come back in the evening to see the sunset from this view..
  • A truly beautiful and enchanted place. The walk over the bridge offers numerous photo opportunities of the majestic Keeper of the plains as well as the architecture of the bridge. Arriving at the site again offers opportunities for awesome Vista's of the falls and the Keeper. Very proud of my home town.
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