Travelers Sculpture


by Narrated by NOTO | Art Health Walk


Created in 2020
Artists: Group Project led by Monette Marks & Michael Bradley, Guest Artist Patricia Sannit
Location: Redbud Park Ramp Sculpture 
Just to the east on the elevated concrete pad, formerly an equipment loading ramp, is “The Traveler” by Patricia Sannit and a group of NOTO artists.  This sculpture was permanently added to the park in Oct. 2020.  

Travelers Topeka is a crossroads. Historically, this area was the crossroads for two great migratory paths, the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. During the twenty-five years between 1841–1866, about a half a million people “pulled up stakes,” and headed west along these trails. In 1843 nearly a thousand pioneers, with 120 wagons and 5,000 cattle, came through here and made the five-month journey west.  

This project, Travelers, was the result of a workshop led by artist, Patricia Sannit. Artists Michael Bradley and Monette Mark gathered a group of talented and committed volunteers and together they conceived a project that would honor the history of the region. Starting with local clay, they left their footprints in the wet, receptive material, like the many footprints left by travelers heading west. With the assistance of local businesses, Artist’s and Craftsman Workshop and Fire Me Up Ceramics images representing the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and Kansas River were cut into boards, providing a pattern to apply to the soft clay. The group made dozens of drum shaped forms, many covered with the impression of the great trails. With these forms, we built a series of stacked forms, representing travelers, but also resembling the cairns that often mark paths and lead a traveler forward. 

Patricia Sannit is a sculptor and installation artist. She received her MFA from California College of Arts, and subsequently worked on archeological sites in the Near East and Ethiopia; her art connects with her study of archeology and migration, traditional pattern and materiality. Sannit has work in many private and public collections. Awards include the Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award and the Arizona Art Commission artist award. She has been a guest artist the Archie Bray and Céramique La Borne, as well as a resident at Red Lodge Art Center and the Belger Crane Yard 

Health Access Tip: 

Head West to explore more art through the alleys of NOTO’s Back Door. approximately 900 feet.  

How do I calculate my walking steps? 

Walk at a normal speed from one end of the course to the other, counting your steps as you go. Divide the total number of steps into 100, and you’ll find out the length of one step. For example, if you took 50 steps to go 100 feet, your step length is 2 feet. If it took you 40 steps, figure 2 1/2 feet per step. 

 It is approximately 2000 steps in a mile.

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