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Downtown ARTwall to get 'Liquid'

Kansas City’s rollout of new outdoor artworks continues Friday June 20, with the unveiling of a billboard-sized abstraction by New York artist Amy Myers. The artwork, titled “Liquid,” will appear on the south-facing wall of the Town Pavilion parking garage at 13th and Grand.

Evoking an atom dressed in ballroom finery or a Hindu god for the Space Age, “Liquid” is the latest installment in the ARTwall program. The changing display of commissioned artworks is a project of the non-profit Art in the Loop, a partnership of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission.

A public reception for Myers, with free appetizers and drink specials, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lucky Strike in the Power and Light District. The event is timed to coincide with the Urban Culture Project’s Third Friday Art Downtown openings. (See urbancultureproject.org).

“Liquid” is the third artwork to appear on the ARTwall since it began in 2006. It replaces Kansas City artist Marcus Cain’s colorful “Social Climber” image of a male figure scaling a patchwork mountain.

Myers, a 1995 Kansas City Art Institute alum, is establishing a growing national reputation for her sensuous scientific abstractions. Inspired by her interest in particle physics, “Liquid” exemplifies her fusion of figurative and anatomical forms with images that resemble scientific and mathematical diagrams.

It is based on an original drawing, which has been translated into a digital print on vinyl mesh to survive the outdoor rigors of the ARTwall.

Funding for Art in the Loop projects comes from a $500,000 five-year grant from an anonymous donor to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, who stipulated that commissions be restricted to faculty and alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute. The firm of Copaken White and Blitt also contributed funding to the ARTwall.

In addition to the ARTwall, Art in the Loop projects include the aluminum figures of bus riders at the KCATA Plaza at 10th and Main Streets, and the recently completed interactive Star Disk artwork in Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, 12th and Walnut.

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