ABILENE, Texas -

The Man in the Moon will soon become a permanent part of downtown Abilene thanks to a generous donation by Union Pacific Railroad.

On Monday, July 21, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council accepted a $10,000 check from the company inside the boardroom of the T&P Depot.

The railroad is sponsoring the Man in the Moon Sculpture and offered a sneak peak at the piece during Monday’s presentation. The sculpture is projected to be 8 feet in diameter and a total of 23 feet tall. The Man in the Moon Sculpture is the sixth and final installation of the Guardians of Childhood Sculpture series.

The series was commissioned by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council in honor of the William Joyce book series by the same name. Joyce was the featured author at Abilene’s 2014 Children’s Art and Literacy Festival.

The Cultural Affairs Council raised about $100,000 to pay for all six sculptures, which can be found all over downtown Abilene.

The Guardians of Childhood series is the newest edition in the council’s Storybook Sculpture Project. The Man in the Moon sculpture will bring the total number of Storybook Sculptures to fifteen after it is unveiled on September 13 during Abilene’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.