In 1988, elementary school children of Kansas submitted to the Kansas Arts Commission drawings they thought would be the best idea for a sculpture to top the Capitol dome. Sunflowers, eagles, meadowlarks, farmers, cottonwood trees, wheat shocks, and Native Americans were represented among other things. Overwhelmingly, the most popular subject was the Native American. Chiefs, braves, and squaws were depicted in various activities. Sculptor Richard Bergen reviewed these children's art works and was convinced by their drawings that he should sumbit a model of a Kansa brave, named "Ad Astra." This model won the nation-wide competition to select a sculpture for the Capitol dome.