A representation of Monroe’s Wagner Center chimney, located ½ mile west of the sculpture, recognized as one of the most important Vaux’s Swift communal migratory roost sites in North America. Twice a year thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts roost in the chimney while on their migration route between North-Western Canada and Central-South America. Each September, the annual Swift Night Out event celebrated their arrival, culminating at dusk in a spectacular display of thousands of these small birds squeezing themselves into the chimney in a matter of minutes.
Guardian of the Mountain Pass
Sculptors: Milo White & Jay Bowen
Funded Through 2019 City of Monroe Arts Grant.
A representation of Monroe’s beautiful mountains, rivers and forests expressing art in metal, glass, and stone using light, color, and negative space. Rocks representing the river, mountain skylines, curves in the shape of the legendary mountain goat horns, and the trees' shadows giving shelter to forest creatures- all create a work of art that exemplifies the surrounding environment. The pinnacle of the piece embraces the rising sun over the mountains.
The Monroe Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting the visual and performing arts in the community of Monroe. Their mission is to stimulate the growth of the visual, literary, and performing arts; to enhance our local community through art in public places; to preserve the historic legacy of Monroe.