RIP Adalin Wichman, Creator of Eclipse Award Statue
Tributes and a full obituary will be forthcoming, but the Paulick Report has learned of the death on Sunday of the internationally acclaimed Kentucky artist Adalin Wichman. Among her many legacies is the coveted Eclipse Award statute she was commissioned to sculpt by the former Keeneland and Thoroughbred Racing Associations executive J.B. Faulconer.
Ms. Wichman was closely associated with Keeneland for many years and is credited as the creator of the long-running, artistic image campaign for the Lexington racetrack that said, simply, “Racing as it was meant to be.”
One of her greatest contributions to the community is a ceiling clock – the world's largest – along with a five-story pendulum and frieze depicting the history of the horse in the Bluegrass, that greets visitors in the rotunda of the downtown Lexington public library.
To learn more about this Central Kentucky treasure, view this video, produced in 2011 and commemorating Adalin Wichman as recipient of the Milner Award, the most prestigious of the Governor's Awards in the Arts, Kentucky's highest honor in the arts.
Former Keeneland president James E. Bassett III said of Ms. Wichman that she had “an uncommon touch to bring to life an endearing subject and make it into an unforgettable creation.”