Public Art Guide: Topeka
With so much art to see all over town, we hope that this guide encourages you to explore Topeka in a new way! The information presented in this guide is organized mostly by area and features detailed maps of Washburn University, downtown Topeka and the NOTO Arts District. Below you will find a listing of works of art which appear all across Topeka. Click here for more information about the murals which are a part of the ARTSConnect Topeka Mural Project.
Freedom Bird, Jim Bass
This bronze sculpture was installed in 1993 and stands at the south entrance to the Reinisch Rose Garden at Gage Park.
Great White Buffalo, Lumen Martin Winter, 1983 (6425 SW 6th Ave)
The statue, which greets visitors to the Kansas State Historical Society, portrays a buffalo and an American Indian living in harmony. The man is not attempting to harm the buffalo, rather merely signals his presence by touching the blunt end of his spear to the buffalo's bac. Symbols of universal harmony, peace, and love between man and nature are shared through this sculpture.
The Elements, Alden Krider, 1960s (2600 SW E Circle Drive)
This mosaic, believed to be installed sometime in the 1960s on the Eastman Building which currently houses Department of Labor offices, depicts man and the elements of earth air fire and water. The work was designed and constructed by Alden Krider and his architectural mosaic class at Kansas State University. Krider’s work in mosaic and paint can be found throughout Kansas.
Mural, Stan Herd
The mural panel installed in Fairlawn Plaza is a 10’ x 40’ and is one section of a mural that was originally 600 feet long. The owner of Fairlawn Plaza owns 400 feet of the mural.
Topeka's Graffiti Wall, Various Artists, 2016-present (1001 SE 6th Ave)
This public spray art wall was founded in 2016 as a positive way to combat unwanted graffiti. Originally established as a “permission wall” it is now open to all artists, no permission needed. The vibrant wall showcases work from local artists who create art that is encouraging to the community.
Aaron Douglas Celebration Mural, Dave Loewenstein, Stan Herd & Community Volunteers, 2005 (12th & Lane)
Topeka-born Aaron Douglas is regarded as the “Dean of African-American painters” and was a leading visual artist in the Harlem Renaissance. This mural is a recreation of the panel From Slavery Through Reconstruction, one of four panels from Douglas’ 1934 original painting Aspects of a Negro Life, which is on permanent display in the New York Public Library.
Great Mural Wall of Topeka, lead artists Dave Loewenstein, Ashley Laird and KT Walsh, 2007-present
A collaboration of the Chesney Park NIA and the City of Topeka, the mural is painted on a former city water reservoir. Each panel of the 900 foot mural tells a story of the neighborhood and the city and its history. The site features interpretive signage and an accessible path for viewing the panels.