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Sponsor: Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Bob and Kathy Thomas
We have lived on the SE corner of 15th & Coltrane since 1972. When the City of Edmond built Lake Arcadia, enlarged the intersection and the traffic increased on 15th we realized our corner was the perfect location for a piece of Public Art. It had to be large since there was no “walk-by” traffic. We traveled to Loveland, Colorado to view the Art in the Park where artist display their larger art sculptures. There we met Greg Reiche and saw his beautiful, large sculptures made of metal and stone. We told him what we envisioned and after several months he drew what we considered the perfect piece for our corner. We worked with Randel Shadid and the Visual Arts Commission and together we decided on Portal de Vida II made out of Colorado Red Sandstone. The piece is 11 feet tall and 9 feet wide. Greg came and installed the piece on June 6, 2005.
That is not the end of our story.
The statue had been standing on the corner for several weeks and mysteriously the metal “gong” as we called it (a large, round hanging bronze piece) was cut away and stolen. The City had Greg make another similar piece and it was installed. Not long after that was replaced the 2nd “gong” was stolen. This time Greg made a “gong” out of stone and glass and it is what hangs in the middle today.
That is still not the end of the story.
We returned from a trip one evening and as we turned into our drive we notice something
Medium type: Stone and Glass
Date created: 2004