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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 the area, as well as several fire pits which are sometimes lit 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 at sunset during the summer.
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  • A lovely spot on the river walk. There are other Native. arts there too. The Keeper s san impressive sculpture 
    A lovely spot on the river walk. There are other Native. arts there too. The Keeper s san impressive sculpture  more »
  • Very nice art piece along the river. Small parking area with just a short walk to get up close. Nice area of town. I recommend. 
    Very nice art piece along the river. Small parking area with just a short walk to get up close. Nice area of town. I recommend.  more »
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  • This was more interesting than I expected. We went during the day first and then read about the fire lighting at night so we went back to experience that. Definitely go early to get parking. It was pretty full parking lot.
  • Tranquil peaceful walk amazing views of bridges and downtown Wichita with native music playing in the background. Lighting of the fire is a must see. Hearing the river flow over rocks and damn is amazingly peaceful. Learn as you look with sculptures and descriptions of Native American culture. Veterans memorial along river walk adds to culture history. feed the ducks and geese recommend fish pellets as bread can breed bad algae and smells.

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