Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 2
Using only a hammer and chisel, artist Peter “Wolf” Toth turned a 56,000 pound red oak log into a 35 foot sculpture honoring the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in the Paducah, KY region.
The sculpture is titled “Wacinton (pronounced wat-cheen-too) and means “to have understanding”. This sculpture is one of over 70 such statues that make up the ‘Trail of Whispering Giants”. Toth started the project in 1972 with the goal to donate a giant wooden sculpture of a Native American to each state in the union, which he achieved in 1988. He continues to created more statues as well as repairing the older ones.
Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City
It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural blog post would be about traveling to Paducah, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca. I had my first Paducah KY quilt show experience when I entered a quilt into the contest for the first time, and found lots of creativity in this city besides just the quilting kind.