Skirvin Park horse sculpture
Eight display boards will be going in at the site of the horse sculpture at Skirvin Park. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Just inside fencing along South 13th Street, a rearing horse serves as an artistic centerpiece for Skirvin Park. The sculpture crafted out of horseshoes by artist Bud Thomas had been in place since the summer of 2019 when it was installed prior to the Frolic’s rodeo.

The next phase of the horse sculpture addition to the city-owned park will be the installation of eight informational display boards. At last month’s Philomath Park Advisory Board meeting, Marlyn Weaver of the Friends of Skirvin Park organization answered questions and responded to feedback on their design.

Weaver told the board that the display panels revolve around Philomath’s timber town past. The panels will illustrate the connection and history through photographs of timber families.

“We’re almost trying to show it as a photo album of local people that have worked and played and lived here for most of their lives in most cases,” Weaver said. “We think a lot of people are going to look at those and they will see, that’s my granddad, or that’s my neighbor’s father.”

The hardware is in place awaiting the arrival of the display boards, which will also feature other Philomath-centric scenes and information beyond the timber connection. They measure 4-by-8 feet in size.

The Park Advisory Board, Friends of Skirvin Park and the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo have all been involved with the process.

(Daily Scoop is a blog published by the Philomath News. This blog often contains news items but also could include opinions of Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor).

The Skirvin Park horse sculpture can be seen through the display board framing that has been installed. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)