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“Prairie Logic” public art installation receives national recognition

One of the City of Kansas City’s One Percent for Art installations has been named among the top 50 pieces of public art in the nation in the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network annual “Year in Review.”

“Prairie Logic,” by Janet Zweig and el dorado architects, was selected from a submitted list of more than 350 artworks from 147 cities installed in the U.S. in 2012. It is located on the roof of the Block 110 Garage, at 12th and Walnut streets in downtown Kansas City.

Installed last fall, “Prairie Logic” is a unique sculpture: a perforated, transparent boxcar surrounded by indigenous prairie grass. According to its artist, “Prairie Logic is inspired by the prairies and the railroad culture of historic Missouri that is rooted in the materiality of those two quintessentially Kansas City elements, but with a logic all its own.”

The modified boxcar sits on rails that trail off into the prairie. The boxcar stands both as a sculptural element and, by opening the doors; it becomes a unique stage for intimate performances.

“Prairie Logic” was funded by the City’s One Percent for Art program, which, by ordinance, sets-aside one percent of municipal building construction and renovation budgets for the inclusion of unique artwork enhancements. The One Percent for Art program is coordinated by the Municipal Art Commission.

Media inquiries about “Prairie Logic” or the One Percent for Art program should be directed to Porter Arneill, public art administrator, at 816-513-2538.


Photo accompanying release.


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