Corps of Discovery

July 17, 2016

 

Location:  West Terrace Park, West 8th Street and Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO

 

Owner:  KCMO Parks & Rec

 

Artist:  Eugene Daub

 

Installed:  1999

 

Dedicated:  April 2000

 

Medium:  Bronze, marble

 

Description:

Corps of Discovery honors the Lewis & Clark Expedition and overlooks the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers.  The sculpture is situated on top of a round, tri-level marble base.  The sculpture features the figures of Meriweather Lewis; William Clark; Sacagawea, their Native American guide; York, Clark's African-American servant; and Seaman, Lewis' Newfoundland breed dog.  The group and some personal articles, such as monogrammed trunks, are perched atop some rocks.  Lewis is at the top, holding a telescope.  Clark is on the south side of the sculpture holding a compass in his outstretched right hand.

 

A nameplate at the foot of each figure indicates who that figure represents and the years they lived.  A quote by Thomas Jefferson from the year 1813 is inscribed around the lower level of the base and it reads, "Of courage undaunted...And fidelity to truth...I could have no hesitation confiding the enterprize to him."

 

The sculpture is approximately 20' tall and 18' in diameter.  It sits in the middle of a large brick plaza, that also doubles as a parking area for West Terrace Park and nearby Case Park, at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson Streets.

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

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