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CONTACT: Porter Arneill, Municipal Art Commission, (816) 513-2538

Local public artwork receives national honor

“Pulse,” the public artwork inside Kansas City’s new George E. Wolf Parking Facility at 11th and Oak streets, was selected by two prominent judges to be included in the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network Annual Year in Review of the nation’s top public art for the 2002-2003 season.

Jurors Patricia Phillips, Executive Editor of “Art Journal,” and Henry Sayre, professor at Oregon State University, selected “Pulse” as one of the top public artworks of the year. Photographs of “Pulse” will be presented at this year’s public art conference in Portland, Ore., June 4-6.

The work is a collaboration of Kansas City artist James Woodfill and el dorado inc., a local architectural firm. The team worked closely with local building designers and contractors to develop, fabricate and install “Pulse.” A panel of community representatives selected the team through a public process that included a variety of submissions and proposals.

The artwork consists of 15 light arrays installed between floors in two stair towers, one at both ends of the building. Each array faces east and consists of 21 blue LED lights programmed to pulse independently and as people pass sensors in the stairways. Adding to the effect are continuous low-level sound patterns that also react to people walking in the stairways. This work is visible from inside and outside the building, casting an ambient blue light throughout the stair towers.

“Pulse” is the latest edition to the City’s One-Percent-for-Art Program, administered by the Municipal Art Commission. Along with similar programs in more than 300 other cities and counties in the nation, this program stipulates that 1 percent of public construction costs be set aside for public art enhancements.

For more information, call the Municipal Art Commission Office, (816) 513-2538.

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