Capital Seats - Free?


Bench Name: Free?

Designer: Stephen P. Schrader

Sponsors: Herman Rowlett and Kenneth Cooper

Location: Kentucky Education Association building, 401 Capitol Ave.

Designer's comments: The American flag means something different to everyone. When I see it, I am thankful for all the freedoms so many of us enjoy today. I think about the thousands of young men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country and I believe that that we should keep moving forward so that freedom is guaranteed to everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual preference. To not provide equality to every citizen is disrespectful to those who have served. Let's keep moving forward America!

The bench is handmade from steel. I designed it so that the steel slats would curve to fit the body and sit comfortably. Thanks to Herman and Kenneth for their sponsorship of this bench.

The State Journal is publishing photos of the Capital Seats public art project. The Capital Seats public art project is a combined effort of Save the Grand Theatre, Inc., and the Capital Area Art Guild, which have partnered to raise funds to renovate the Grand Theatre in downtown Frankfort into a local community arts center. The Capital Seats project also has been planned to promote the enjoyment of art in the community. On Oct. 2, Save the Grand Theatre, Inc., will reprise its highly successful "Grand Taste of Frankfort" event, at which time the benches will be auctioned to the public. Visit The State Journal Web site at and click on the Capital Benches link to see other benches in the project.

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