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Living Arts and Science Center dedicates new wooden garden sculpture by artist Kiptoo Taurus

The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) added a new sculpture to their garden titled “Mutation of the Happiness Gene” by artist Kiptoo Taurus. Kiptoo is known for his large wooden sculptures, carved mostly with a chainsaw, that stand in places like Ashland, Home of Henry Clay and the Lyric theatre. The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government provided partial funding for the completion of the Kiptoo Taurus sculpture.

From left to right: Council Member James Brown, Renee Shepard LASC Board President, Kiptoo Taurus, Lori Halligan LASC Executive Director, Vice Mayor Steve Kay. (Photo from Living Arts and Science Center)

“What is it that makes us happy? That is what I was thinking about as I created this piece,” said Kiptoo. “Patterns, signs and symbols have been used to weave in the relationship of the animate and inanimate for a balanced equilibrium to achieve harmony and the sought-after happiness to mankind.”

Mutation of the Happiness Gene was inspired by Kiptoo’s childhood in Kenya. The 12-foot tall sculpture, in the form of an African headrest, explores the dialogue between flora, fauna and the elements of Mother Nature, as well as visual and performing arts. Unlike many of Kiptoo’s other works, Mutation of the Happiness Gene displays vivid color.

“The sculpture brings a new vibrancy to the LASC gardens. Watching Kiptoo work was almost as exciting as the final piece he created. I love that it’s right here in my neighborhood.” said LASC neighbor Ashlee Collins.

During the dedication of the Kiptoo Taurus sculpture, LASC also hosted a welcoming reception for Lori Halligan, new Executive Director who has been on the job since June. “I’m so fortunate to get to work collaboratively with such a talented, resourceful, creative and committed staff,” Halligan said. “Together, we create a space where people can pursue their own happiness or their own little spark of magic. We are grateful to Kiptoo for inspiring us through this creation.”

The LASC, located at 362 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Lexington, offers more than 400 art and science classes and workshops for all ages, participatory field trips for over 6,000 students per year, monthly Discovery Night programs, community arts projects, numerous free and low-cost family events, and ongoing free art and science classes for thousands of at-risk, special needs and underserved children, teens and adults. It also hosts numerous local artist exhibitions each year and boasts Lexington’s only planetarium.

From The Living Arts and Science Center

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