Knoxville, Tennessee: Rowing Man Sculpture - Oarsman

A giant bronze oarsman appears to paddle a boat that's half-submerged in the sidewalk. Sculpted by David L. Phelps in 1988.
Address:
W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN
Directions:
Downtown, on the northwest corner of S. Gay St. and W. Church Ave.
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The Mini-Oarsman.

Rowing Man Sculpture - Oarsman

Row! Row!

[Lluce, 09/05/2017]

Oarsman.

Rowing Man

It's amazing. Be sure to go during the day; it's kinda scary at night.

[chris bailey, 03/10/2016]

If you think Rowing Man is unsettling, check out the same artist's Half-Buried Sleeping Giant Kid in Texas.

Oarsman.

Rowing Man Sculpture - Oarsman

The sculpture is pretty darn cool. Right in the center of downtown Knoxville, it's located just off a (free) trolley stop! Make sure to check it out.

[Kristie L, 06/28/2014]

The Oarsman.

Rowing Man Sculpture - Oarsman

At the boating statue in Knoxville, TN.

[Alan Denton, 01/02/2008]

Oklahoma artist David Phelps sculpted and installed this boater -- "The Oarsman" -- pulling along the sidewalk, in 1988.

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