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Lexington Artist Reflects On Fire That Destroyed Much Of His Artwork

Posted at 8:00 PM, Dec 08, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — One year after a Lexington artist lost irreplaceable work in a house fire, he says he’s thankful for the support that’s helped him through the last year.

Kiptoo Taurus’s house caught fire last December, destroying much of his art portfolio.

Now he’s in a new studio. He says he’s incredibly grateful for his friends and others who’ve supported him along the way.

“It’s an overwhelming thing you know you see that,” said Taurus.

Taurus tells LEX 18 he feels it’s his responsibility to keep creating — to honor the support he’s received. And that’s exactly what he’s doing.

He is currently working on a sculpture that soon will be complete outside of the Ashland Henry Clay Estate.

“You have to keep on doing what you’re doing, you have to keep on art-making,” said Taurus.

Taurus even holds onto some of the pieces that were burned in the fire. But he doesn’t see them as damaged.

“The ones that remained, I’m still happy about those and cherish them anyway because they are survivors,” said Taurus.