THE TIN MAN
Writer: Raymond Fox
Actor: David Kersnar
Produced with LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE
L Frank Baum (1856 – 1919), author of 14 Oz books, once lived a few miles away from what is now Oz Park. In 1976, the park was officially named in his honor. Today, Oz Park occupies 13 acres and includes areas such as Dorothy's Playground and the Emerald Garden.
The park’s four Oz statues were created by Chicago artist John Kearney (1924 – 2014), who is known for creating animal sculptures made from chrome auto bumpers. Of the Oz statues, however, only the Tin Man was made with this material.
This Tin Man looks very like his counterpart from the classic MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz. There is one major difference. The sculpture actually has a heart. He nearly didn’t. A young girl who visited Kearney’s studio reminded the artist that a heart was absolutely essential. She was right. Sometimes children are very wise.
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