McPherson Globe Refiners

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Client: Mingenback Foundation

Location: McPherson, KS, United States

Completion date: 2020

Project Team

Designer and sculptor

Sutton Betti Sculptures

Granite designer

Earl Boston

Overview

A sculpture honoring the first basketball team to win the Olympic Gold medal was dedicated on October 5, 2020 in McPherson, Kansas. The 10 ton sculpture consists of an 11 foot wide curved bronze relief, laser etched black granite walls and benches that pay tribute to the 1936 Globe Refiners who dominated American basketball from a small town in central Kansas. The Globe Refiners made up half of the USA Olympic basketball team in 1936.

Goals

To honor the first basketball team to win an Olympic Gold medal with a large scale bronze sculpture for their home town.

Process

There were six businesses from five states involved in the creation of the Globe Refiners monument. The project took a full year from idea to installation. I worked closely with the foundation and the city to create the monument. My team included an engineer, an architect, two granite companies, a pre-cast concrete company, a bronze foundry and various independent craftsmen/women in Loveland, Colorado.