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    Time Is Artful In Louisville, Kentucky, Where Urban Arts Thrive

    When we were young we held time in our hands. Now that we're older time seems to slip by before we realize it. Though when we travel everything changes; time stands still as we embrace the moment as we've done in Louisville, Kentucky. It is here where time is captured in a whimsical time piece called the Louisville Clock, or Derby Clock.

    This ornamental clock is 40 feet tall, and was designed to look like a gigantic wind-up toy. Derby Clock incorporates themes of Kentucky culture, which is known worldwide for the Kentucky Derby horse race, and is located at the Theatre Square in downtown Louisville on Fourth Street.

    On the Derby Clock there are eight ornamental columns which support an elevated 5-lane race track. The “race” happens between five hand-carved statues of figures with local significance – George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson, King Louis XVI and the Belle of Louisville. Above overseeing the race are mechanized sculptures of notable past Louisvillians.

    Louisville is a easy city to get around, and many folks do so on two wheels. Riding your bike in a destination like Louisville gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sights. And, for bicyclist's parking your bike gives you time to snap some photos of the bike racks that are part of the cities urban art.

    In 2001, the Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD) commissioned local artists to create one-of-a-kind bike rack sculptures or benches to be placed in the public right-of-way in various locations throughout downtown Louisville. While taking in the sites you can relax on one of the one-of-a-kind benches created by local artists.

    On your visit enjoy a casual stroll along the Waterfront Park, which is one of the beautiful parks in the city. Waterfront Park is located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. It is also the site of a new pedestrian bridge which spans the Ohio River, and can be accessed on the Kentucky side via a spiral ramp.

    The half-mile-long bridge that opens in late December will connect Kentucky to Indiana. Walk long the bridge and take in the waterside scenery, snap some photos of the Louisville Belle Riverboat, or walk to the end where you can see the work in progress to complete the connection between states. The project is expected to be completed by next spring or summer.

    Louisville has many wonderful Art Museums, attractions, and entertainment to explore. So, pack a bag and let its timeless beauty and historic treasures capture your imagination.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    To explore current packages, arts, recreation, and more to experience in Louisville visit the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.GoToLouisville.com.

    Learn more about the Waterfront Park by visiting www.louisvillewaterfront.com.