WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Several new Keeper of the Plains statues can be found in Wichita.

On Tuesday, another Keeper debuted in front of Hutton Construction located at 111 N. Sycamore in Delano. It is in celebration of Hutton’s 30th year in business.

The statue was designed and painted by Wichita artist Lindsey Kernodle and evokes a transformation of progress, acknowledging that change requires layers and layers of brave choices. The Keeper is set against an excerpt from “The Hill We Climb” by poet Amanda Gorman.

“I hope that this piece of art, this Keeper statue as well as all of the other public art around our community continues to build and inspire other people to contribute their unique take on things,” said Ben Hutton, CEO of Hutton Construction.

On April 20, another Keeper of the Plains statue was dedicated at West High School. Student Carlotta Evans decorated the statue as part of her senior project. The piece celebrates her Native American heritage and the culture and history of the West.

“I never thought that I’d be able to give, have the opportunity to show my heritage and my Wichita side and be able to show my dad’s side and my mom’s side, so to get both relationship tribes into it was like, it was great,” Evans said.

The alumni association paid for the statue.

Keepers on Parade is a public art project proudly presented by Together Wichita.

To see all the Keepers.