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18th and Vine District artist dies

New Orleans artist John T. Scott, who created the Jazz Pantheon sculpture in the 18th and Vine District, died Sept. 1 in Houston. Scott was 67 years old.

The stainless steel sculpture, which sits on the southeast corner of John Buck O’Neil Way and Vine Street behind the American Jazz Museum complex, was installed in 2002 as part of the City of Kansas City Mo., One Percent for Art program.

“Jazz Pantheon is rich with historical imagery,” said Porter Arneill, director of the Municipal Arts Commission. “John T. Scott cleverly includes the viewer as part of this history by creating mirror-like surfaces throughout the artwork. In an eloquent gesture, he provides a seat next to a guitarist, reminding us that jazz is a vital part of our cultural dialogue and, more importantly, inviting us to listen.”

The $120,000 sculpture was the 21st piece of art added to the City’s collection through the One Percent for Art Program, which earmarks one percent of the construction budget of any municipal building for art. The program brings the work of local, regional and national artists to the residents of the city.

Scott fled New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. According to a Sept. 4 New York Times article, Scott had been chronically ill with pulmonary fibrosis and was recovering from a double lung transplant in Houston when he died.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Deanna Richards, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2757.

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