Botanica unveils new sculpture called ‘The Attendant, 1923’


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A private unveiling of a new statue happened Wednesday at Botanica

The statue is titled “The Attendant, 1923.” It is made of bronze and was created by local artist John Ernatt. He has spent over a year and a half designing and creating his modern masterpiece.

“The Attendant, 1923” by John Ernatt

Liz and Charles Koch have gifted Botanica with the sculpture, and it will be installed at the interior entrance to the Koch Carousel Gardens. Koch Industries and the Koch Family Foundation made the Gardens possible with the support of a $1 million gift.

The Koch Carousel Gardens is a display inside Botanica and features a grand display of lights. The Koch Carousel Gardens display includes “36 moving head beam lights that dance in the sky around a 25 foot Christmas tree with over 15,000 pixels.”

Liz Koch serves as a chairwoman and the director of the Koch Family Foundation and the director of the Charles Koch Foundation. She is a supporter of the arts and education, dedicated to unleashing the potential of the individual. Liz is also the president and director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House and trustee of the Koch Cultural Trust.

Liz worked closely alongside the artist during the process. She was originally looking for a piece to be done for herself, but she realized that it was “too important” to be hers. It needed to be shared.

“I haven’t seen this piece, so I’m more excited than anybody in this room because I haven’t seen it either,” said Koch.

“John Ernatt’s breathtaking work of art punctuates the Koch Carousel Gardens, “ said Liz Koch. “Working with John on this project was pure magic, and it’s my sincere hope that this gift will serve as a source of artistic inspiration to all who visit Wichita.”

The grand opening for Botanica’s Illuminations is Thursday night and runs through Jan. 1.

Pre-purchased tickets are required for the limited shows that happen each day. Guests will be able to enjoy hot chocolate and snacks along with the light shows.

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