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Wood folk art chair carved by chainsaw artist Ray Murphy. The chair was carved from a stump removed from the grounds of the Kansas Statehouse. The historic cottonwood tree was planted in the 1880s and felled in 1984. Murphy, an artist from Rapid City, South Dakota, was invited to carve the stump. He covered the chair with Kansas symbols, including the meadowlark and the sunflower, as well as the City of Topeka seal. Murphy presented the chair to Governor John Carlin.

Creator: Murphy, Ray
Date: 1984

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Item Number: 436872
KSHS Identifier: 1989.15.0

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