Stickman was designed by Edward Rudolph and built by Louie Schwartz. With the passing of both of those men, Stickman came into the possession of Rudolph’s partner Chuck Murphy, owner and CEO of Murphy Constructors of Colorado Springs. Murphy and Rudolph were planning to build an industrial park at one time and Rudolph quickly sketched out the figure who became Stickman, originally intended to stand in front of the industrial park.
Ed Rudolph was a three-time U.S. Olympic team speed skater who moved to Colorado Springs in the 1960s. His wife Gwen was a renowned decorator. Both were killed in a car accident in Wyoming in June, 2009.
He was doodling around and came up with Stickman, Murphy recalls. Rudolph and Murphy shared an interest in public art, which Murphy continues to very actively support.
Murphy has given Stickman to the Manitou Springs Arts Council.