New 'Ghost Corral' sculpture installed in downtown Amarillo

New 'Ghost Corral' sculpture installed in downtown Amarillo
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A new piece of public art can now be seen at the corner of 6th and Taylor streets in downtown Amarillo, courtesy of Amarillo National Bank and the Amarillo Museum of Art.

Installed Tuesday morning was a sculpture called the 'Ghost Corral' created by artist Charles Waynick of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The sculpture is made of 324 iron corral posts originally forged by the U.S. Calvary between the years 1850 and 1880.

A curator from the Amarillo Museum of Art, Alex Gregory, said the piece has a unique history.

"It is made from these corral posts that were portable fencing posts used by the calvary and you would twist them into the ground and be able to run ropes to corral your horses so that they were less likely to get stolen, taken, or run away," Gregory said.

Gregory believes the sculpture's history makes it a perfect fit for downtown.

"It hit me because of its history and the materials used and kind of how that is relative to our region, so I liked it," he said. "So I proposed it to the people at the bank and had them come over and take a look and say, 'Hey, do you know this has all this history and meaning and it's interesting, what do you think?' And they love the idea of it and they loved the sculpture itself."

The 'Ghost Corral' is replacing the sculpture 'Mussel Shell Rider' which stood at the same location downtown for the past two years.
The Amarillo Museum said it plans to install a new piece of art in that location every two years.

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