Sherwin Donates Paint for WA Radio Flyer Attraction
Since being constructed 33 years ago, the world’s largest Radio Flyer wagon attraction at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, has plans to receive some minor metal repairs and a fresh coat of paint.
Estimated to cost about $73,000, it was recently reported by KHQ Q6 that global coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company has donated paint for the project.
Radio Flyer Wagon History
Built in 1989, the wagon was commissioned by the Junior League of Spokane for the State Centennial Celebration of Children. The wagon, titled “The Children Express,” was designed by local artist Ken Spiering.
The Junior League of Spokane plaque, dated Aug. 18, 1990, reads: “This sculpture is dedicated to Spokane's children, as a reflection of the past, created in the present, to last into the future.”
Constructed using steel and reinforced concrete, the structure measures 12 feet high, 12 feet wide, 27 feet long and weighs 26 tons. It is designed to support the weight of up to 300 people (100 pounds per square foot).
According to Spokane Historical, the wagon sculpture took Spiering a full year of 17-hour days to complete.
Since its debut, the Spokane wagon has been voted by USA Today as the top roadside attraction in Washington.
“The Red Wagon has become an iconic symbol for both visitors and residents of Spokane,” said Junior League of Spokane President Lesley Culley at the wagon’s 25-year celebration.
In addition to the Radio Flyer, Spiering has created other statues around Riverfront Park including The Call and the Challenge, the fish sculptures that wrap around the Convention Center and other public art.
He created a sculpture for the City of Coeur d’Alene as well as furnishings for the Whitworth Presbyterian Church chancel.
Red Wagon Restoration
Slated to take about three weeks to complete, maintenance work on The Childhood Express started on May 31.
The project will involve the stripping of all existing paint and rust and minor metal repairs. Once completed, the structure will receive a new primer and paint applications to match the original. During this time, the wagon will be closed and the perimeter around the sculpture will be fenced off and tented to protect the public and the environment during repainting work.
Modern Construction and Consulting Services, LLC will be completing work for the project. The company was awarded the contract as the lowest bidder earlier this year.