Postcard from 27 Years Ago!

Guggiari Sculpture

Guggiari Sculpture

Text from back of post card:

FT. HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY, Hyper Sports Complex

Kansas – Paraguay Partners Monument by Paraguayan Sculptor Hermann Guggiari commemorates the achievements in cultural and technical exchange between Kansas and Paraguay under the international Partners of the Americas Program and stands at the entrance to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex of the Fort Hays State University Campus. Postmarked Hays, KS May 9, 1982.


Guggiari Postcard Back

Handwritten note at the bottom reads:
RECEPTION AT OUR HOME 2101 LINCOLN DRIVE AFTER UNVEILING OF MONUMENT AT THE SITE. Marianna Beach


Guggiari Sculpture in Hays, Kansas

Guggiari SculptureThe Guggiari sculpture/monument at Hays was recently moved so that it is easily seen from Interstate 70! The piece, entitle “Homage to Kansas” was constructed in 1980 by Hermann Guggiari to commemorate the many achievements of KPP. The sculptor was inspired to create the piece during his time as an artist-in-residence at Fort Hays State University. Guggiari says that his piece represents the Kansas earth and prairie reaching toward the sky, and symbolizes the strength and idealism of the state of Kansas in its friendship with the Republic of Paraguay. Guggiari, who is still living in Asunción, was visited in September 2007 by participants in the KPP/POA-sponsored tour of South America.

Photo by Mary Ann Thompson
Hays Public Library

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