The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 5, 2007

Great past looks toward future

About 200 turn out to dedicate statue, time capsule on Fourth of July in Festival Market Place

EDMOND — The rumble of a passing train was heard as an Independence Day crowd of about 200 gathered for the unveiling of the “Leaping into History” statue during the dedication of the Edmond Festival Market Place Plaza.

“Leaping into History” by Edmond artist Mary Lou Gresham personifies the legend of ’89er Nannita Regina H. Daisey “Kentucky Daisey” jumping from a train’s cowcatcher to stake her claim just southwest of where Covell now intersects Broadway.

“It was a very challenging piece,” Gresham told The Sun. “The foundry said it was the hardest piece they ever had to do. There’s over 21 pieces in her skirt.”

An Edmond Centennial Commission project, the $160,000 statue was sponsored by the Visual Arts Commission and the City of Edmond. It was funded by Edmond Parks Foundation Inc. and private donations, said Curt Munson, chairman of the Edmond Parks Foundation.

Munson said people have asked why spend money on art when there are so many other needs in town. “My response has been pretty consistent throughout. It’s because that’s what civilized humans do,” he told the crowd.

The 50-year Centennial Time Capsule and personalized Centennial Bricks were dedicated as well.

“It was a nice gift from my mother,” Barry Rice said of his commemorative brick. “I guess I will live in perpetuity under people’s feet in Edmond. It’s probably where I belong.”

Congresswoman Mary Fallin said the Festival Market Place Plaza will touch future generations. Edmond Centennial Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kreidler challenged youth to attend the time capsule’s opening in 50 years.

Nine-year-old Dylan Scheihing said he’ll return in 50 years.

“I think it’s going to help us look at how great our past was in the Land Run and how we became a state,” he said of the plaza and Daisey statue.



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