Post Office Relief – Columbus KS

Description

This Section of Fine Arts funded terra-cotta relief entitled “R.F.D.” created by Waylande Gregory in 1940 was originally installed in the Columbus post office on South Pennsylvania Ave. It is now in a local community center.

The work is an unusual, large terra cotta bas relief showing a rural postman delivering the mail to a post box in the country with a group of horses in the field across the fence in the foreground.

Waylande Gregory studied at the Kansas State Teacher’s College in Pittsburg, KS, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Cranbrook Foundation, and the University of Chicago. His best know artistic works are listed in the short biography pictured here, but interestingly, he developed a high-fired vitreous ceramic that was used by NASA.

Source notes

http://www.wpamurals.com/kansas.htm
Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.

Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on August 19, 2012.

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Location Info


320 East Maple
Columbus, KS 66725

Coordinates: 37.170849, -94.8398239

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