Farmers and Bankers, 2010

Tom Otterness
(American, born 1952)

Location: City of Connell, Connell


Tom Otterness' "Wild Life" series consists of six whimsical, bronze sculptural groups. They invite passersby to join the animals and tiny people at picnic tables along the town's main streets. They are spread around the small, rural town of Connell (population just over 5,000), in Central Washington. Farmers and Bankers shows a rabbit family and a tiny human family meeting with a banker to borrow money to purchase a manure spreader for their farms. Otterness says that "The sculptures commemorate and reflect on small town life. Animals from the surrounding countryside have come to Columbia Street to interact with people in their everyday activities."

The artist also created a Wild Life Coloring Book that invites children (of all ages) to write stories about and draw pictures of their favorite sculptures. It is linked below under "Lesson Plans and Documents" as a PDF.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections and City of Connell.


Tom Otterness is a Brooklyn-based sculptor known for his cartoonish animals and imaginary characters. The sculptures are often grouped together into small scenes and visual stories.

Otterness’s artworks are installed in public spaces around the world, including several playgrounds. In the United States, you may have seen his sculptures at the Cleveland Public Library, New York City subway stations (14th Street and 8th Avenue), Phoenix Convention Center, San Francisco General Hospital, Wichita Art Museum, and more. His art is also found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many others.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumBronze, cast concrete, and stainless steel
Dimensions49 in x 86 in x 66 in (overall)
ID NumberWSAC2007.052.00E
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationNew York, United States
Location Information
AgencyCity of Connell
Artwork LocationCity of Connell
South Columbia Avenue, between Elm and Gum streets, in front of the Community First Bank (at 630 S. Columbia Ave.)
WA CountyFranklin
Site TypeOther
AddressCity Center
Connell, WA 99326
Geo. Coordinates46.655158 | -118.861181
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