The Blue Sky Sculpture in Newton was named one of the finalists in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art.

Finalists were announced Thursday at the Kansas Sampler Center near Inman. Representatives of most finalists attended.

“The diversity of these finalists is tremendous!” foundation director Marci Penner said. “From the exterior of a school to the contemporary art of a military dog tag sculpture, the public is going to see Kansas art with new eyes.”

The art had to be accessible to the public. Artwork not on permanent public display was not eligible.

A public vote will determine the top eight. People are encouraged to vote online at or by calling (620) 585-2374 for a ballot. Voting began Thursday and will end at midnight Oct. 15. The top eight will be announced Oct. 31.