Art at Ashland features different artistic expressions that offer a variety of viewer experiences ranging from towering steel sculptures to small wattle structures. There’s something to inspire everyone’s artistic palette!
Monumental-John Henry at Ashland
Three large-scale John Henry sculptures will re-define the skyline at Ashland for the next nine months. “We believe John’s dramatic and towering art will draw visitors to explore the grounds, which were recently accredited Arboretum status,” said Executive Director Jim Clark. “The monumental scale of his work also ties in with our educational outreach. The fine balance Henry achieves in the physical realm of metal is what Clay did in the political realm with people. In many respects, these contemporary expressions evoke the spirit of Clay, who towered over the political landscape of the country for half a century.” Clay was also known throughout America for his encouragement of innovative design and architecture.
With a career spanning over 45 years in five continents, John Henry, a Lexington-native and UK graduate, is one of America’s most influential sculptors. Henry’s work transcends its foundations and speaks to issues like structure, scale, and the dialogue between the artist and the contemporary landscape. The public is invited to experience these three strategically sited installations on the ideal landscape of the Henry Clay Estate.
Sponsors: VisitLex, Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, Kentucky Bank, with additional support from Jim Gray, Lexington Corridors Commission, Elizabeth Boone, and crane service by Wilhite Limited, Inc.