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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4m 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 summer and sunset during the winter.HistoryThe sculpture, commissioned by the city and private organizations to mark the United States Bicentennial, was erected in 1974. It has since become one of Wichita's most recognized and beloved symbols. A spring/summer 2006 project elevated the sculpture on a 30-foot rock promontory so it could be seen from farther away.A profile image of this statue comprises the motif adopted by the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, a U.S. Air Force flying unit which is based at nearby McConnell Air Force Base. From 1993 through 2004, an image of the statue, along with the words "Keeper of the Plains," appeared on the tails of Boeing KC-135 air refueling tankers assigned to the 22nd ARW.
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  • Loved seeing this beautiful statue. Walked along the river from Douglas and it was fun to see it growing larger as I got closer. Seeing this totally made the trip worth it! Although lots of other grea...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the chance to stretch our legs and get out and walk around this stunning piece of public art. The area is really great for families with kids to walk around and see the sights. There...  more »
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  • An awesome place to walk around and view sights. Not only that but there are a lot of pokemon stops and some great spawn camps. Stay until 9 PM in the summer and watch the flames and try to find all the hidden extra details. There is always someone interesting to meet.
  • It is amazing. I was born and raised in Wichita but moved away 40 years ago. It's amazing what had been done downtown and along the river. The Riverwalk is beautiful and clean. We go see the Keeper of the Plains every time we go back to visit. It's worth seeing

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