Roeland Park to Display Sculpture Created by Artist Joe Williams
Sculpture Honors Ukranian People
ROELAND PARK, Kan. (April 4, 2022) – Local artist and Marine veteran Joe Williams has created a series of sculptures to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people during the Russian invasion. During the March 21, 2022 City Council Meeting, the Roeland Park Governing Body unanimously approved the temporary placement of one of Williams’ sculptures along Roe Boulevard. In addition, the Roeland Parkway gateway signs will be colored blue and yellow to match the sculpture's message.
“The City of Roeland Park is honored to be able to host this sculpture as a dedication to the people of Ukraine,” said Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly. “The City is committed to not only showcasing the work of local artists, but also supporting those facing deep suffering at the hands of an autocratic regime. We are glad to be able to partner with Mr. Williams on this installation.”
Williams has secured donated supplies to create the piece and the City has covered the cost of installation. The sculpture along Roe Boulevard is named “Hedgehog KC''. This piece is dawned in the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine, and signifies not only our support of the Ukraine people, but also, the freedom and democracy they are fighting to protect. Hedgehogs physically are meant to stop war machines; in the context of the KC hedgehog sculpture the three legs upon which it stands symbolizes our support of the Ukrainian people, the defense of a free and democratic state and a stop to the Russian war machine.
“I am grateful that the City of Roeland Park has allowed the sculpture to be displayed on its Boulevard,” said Williams. “Art can be such a powerful way to communicate with people and we must all unite together to support Ukraine.”
Williams will also be displaying his other works around the Kansas City metro area. Once the installation wraps us, the plan is to display the sculptures at a gallery to allow them to be viewed together.