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Artwork at the Arts District Garage receives national recognition

One of the City of Kansas City, Mo.’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’s 2012 Year in Review. Terpsichore for Kansas City, by Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, was selected from a submitted list of more than 425 artworks from 147 cities installed in the U.S. in 2011.

Installed late last year, Terpsichore for Kansas City is a unique musical and visual instrument, combining original musical compositions played throughout the Arts District Garage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and choreographed into a four-story “light organ” in the central stairway that provides a new perspective to the role of art in public space.

The public art project 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 City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission.

Media inquiries about Terpsichore for Kansas City or the One Percent for Art program should be directed to Porter Arneill, public art administrator, at 816-513-2538.


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