Release Date: August 19, 2016
The public is invited to a rededication ceremony of the sculpture, Wacinton. The ceremony will be Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m. Wacinton is located on Park Avenue in Noble Park next to the tennis courts and the Robert Cherry Civic Center.
For the past month, the sculpture’s original artist, Peter “Wolf” Toth, has been working to stabilize the structure. The stabilization process has involved using fiberglass and a pole installed by Paducah Power System. On November 3, 2015, a large portion of the headdress fell to the ground exposing internal rot.
Mayor Gayle Kaler says, “Toth has worked to carve a Whispering Giant for each state across the Union and in countries around the world with one planned for the Amazon. Paducah is proud to have one of his sculptures, Wacinton, at Noble Park. I am grateful that he was able to spend the past month assessing Wacinton and determining a way to give the beautiful work of art a bright future. We can now look forward to several more decades of admiring Paducah’s Whispering Giant.”
Wacinton, which means to have understanding, honors the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in this area until the Jackson Purchase in 1818. Toth hand-chiseled the sculpture from a local 56,000 pound red oak. The sculpture originally was dedicated May 26, 1985.
Since the 1970s, Toth has traveled around the country and Canada creating enormous sculptures that honor Native Americans. The collection is called the Trail of the Whispering Giants.