Scottsdale Public Art Get Newest Addition With Cartoonist Statue

Scottsdale Public ArtScottsdale public art will get a new bronze statue of the late cartoonist Bil Keane in November at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park along with a pavilion.  What a wonderful home for “The Family Circus” cartoonist.  Bil Keane’s syndicated “The Family Circus” comic strip appeared in nearly 1,500 newspapers across the country.

He started drawing the one-panel cartoon in February 1960.  Keane lived in Paradise Valley from 1959 until he died in 2011 at age 89.

Scottsdale officials say the 9-by-7-foot bronze statue planned for the park will be called “Gitty-up Daddy” and be the centerpiece of a 36-foot-wide covered pavilion. A potential museum is in the discussion phase and would showcase artifacts from Keane’s comic strip.

The McCormick Stillman Railroad location is an appropriate place to honor “The Family Circus”   creator who made so many parents and children chuckle.

The statue was designed by Keane’s sons, Jeff and Glen. “This is a location that year around is full of the sounds of families of all ages enjoying time together, just what my dad celebrated in his cartoon,” Jeff Keane said. “We couldn’t be prouder to know his statue will be part of that.”

The dedication ceremony is scheduled Nov. 9.    What a wonderful addition to the already famously fun Scottsdale McCormick Stillman Park.