TOPEKA (KSNT) – For most, the thought of a cane or walking stick may mean physical limitations or old age but this is not always the case.
A new exhibit at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University called “Spirit of the Walk” displays more than 70 different walking sticks and canes. Those putting on the exhibit say a walking stick can be a symbol of authority, professional affiliation or style.
According to exhibitors they have been used by some of the greats such as Oscar Wilde and Wintson Churchill and by entertainment icons such as Prince and Madonna. Two of the canes on display were once used by King Ferdinand of Romania and by King Ludwig of Bavaria.
These pieces have been brought back from all over the world. They have come from areas such as Haiti, Indonesia, Mexico, Africa and from local artists here in Kansas. Each cane has a unique story behind it whether being a gift, handmade or having a secret trick added to it.
Artists J Leroy Beasley and David Philpot are just two of the many artists who contributed to this cultural exhibit along with lenders such as Grass Roots Art Center (in Lucas Kan.) and Gary Clark.
“Spirit of the Walk” opened Tuesday and will remain open until September 27, 2014.