Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Covington's newest pocket park features tributes to artist Farny

With dozens of local residents in attendance and characters dressed in period costumes, Covington's newest pocket park was dedicated on Saturday at the corner of Banklick and Robbins streets in the city's Westside neighborhood.

Henry Farny Park, named for the internationally-known artist of the landscapes and native peoples of the late 19th/early 20th century American West, occupies a corner just a few parcels away from 1029-1031 Banklick Street, where Farny resided from 1890 to 1907.

An initiative of the Westside Action Coalition and Old Seminary Square Neighborhood Association, the park features several works from neighborhood artist David Rice, including:

  • A 225-pound steel centerpiece sculpture representing "Longboots", the name given to Farny by the Sioux
  • A mural which merges the images of five of Farny's paintings
  • Three metal sculptures based on Farny's famous painting "Song of the Talking Wire" (1904)

Additional support for the park was provided by the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, the City of Covington, the Kentucky Arts Council, Kevin Haaser, place matters, and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.