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Catalog Number PALM 00012
Date 1999
Artist Yates, Dawn D.
Artist Role Sculptor
Title Charles Farnsley
Description Charles Rowland Peaslee Farnsley (1907 - 1990) served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1936 to 1940, and in the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967. Farnsley is best known, however, as having been one of Louisville's most innovative and eccentric mayors, serving from 1948 until 1953. In addition to creating the Louisville Fund, later known as the Fund for the Arts, Farnsley also expanded the library and park systems, improved city streets, and developed recreational facilities for children. A staunch defender of the Confederacy who was known for his trademark black string tie, it was nevertheless under Farnsley's time as mayor that Louisville began the process of desegregation.

The statue was created by sculptor Dawn Yates, who holds a BFA from Murray State University and worked at the Bright Foundry. Yates took Farnsley's personality into account when creating her concept for the sculpture, commenting, "I took the liberty of making [the bench] extra long, because Farnsley was a very relaxed man, and he would have invited people to sit down and talk with him." (KG)
Provenance Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fund for the Arts and the late mayor of Louisville Charles Farnsley (1907-1990) (MAJIC July 1999) (KHP Inventory)
Dimensions H-7.333 W-3.917 feet
Material Bronze
Medium Metal
Technique Casting
Location 623 West Main Street, in front of the Fund for the Arts Building
Signed Name Dawn D. Yates
Signature Location Bottom of Charles' pants leg