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Artist Richard Bergen who built Statehouse statue dies at 95


April 26, 2020

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Richard Bergen, the artist who built the 22-feet (6.71 meters) bronze statue of a Native American that sits atop the Kansas Statehouse dome, has died. He was 95.

He died Wednesday at an assisted living facility in Salina of complications from a stroke, said his daughter, Lori Bergen.

Bergen, who was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 2006, created several other public art pieces through the state, including in Marysville, Salina, Junction City, Wichita and Manhattan.

But his most well-known work is the 4,420 pounds (2.21 tons) Capitol sculpture that depicts...

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