If you’ve driven down Virginia Parkway in recent months or visited the new offices of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and McKinney Magazine, you’ve probably caught sight of “Wisdom,” our city’s newest example of public art.
Created by McKinney-based artist Robert (Jake) Dobscha and commissioned by McKinney City Council member Don Day, the sculpture depicts a majestically perched owl and stands in front of 400 West Virginia Street in the historic district just a block off the square.
Dobscha said owls appeal to him because they are “beautiful and mysteriously stoic.” In creating the piece, he used stone, as well as fabricated metals for more delicate areas.
“On the owl, you can notice a large curved portion of stone left intact on the front of the carving,” he said. “This was done for engineered integrity of the carving. However in doing this, I believe it created a much stronger overall composition and lends a contemporary flavor to an otherwise traditional subject.”
Day, who commissioned the work, said art is beauty, and people respond to beauty.
Day understands the importance of public art and strives to incorporate it in his renovated properties. “Jake has now carved two pieces of stone into works of art and beauty that adorn the front of two of my buildings.” Day said. “He is an amazing artist. I am blessed to have found someone of his talent to bring beauty to our community.”
Learn more about Dobscha, a self-trained artist with a background in construction, at DobschaStudio.com.