Architectural Folly from a Future Place, Kansas City, MO | 2018
For Open Spaces, curated by Dan Cameron, Jill Downen activates space with an architectural folly and place-making. The concrete and stone sculpture transforms the topography surrounding the Swope Park Memorial in Kansas City. As an architectural fragment, the artwork speaks to the concept of a wall or boundary that features a large fissure, an opening of the form that functions as a provocation. With political and social undertones, the sculpture is a platform for public interaction (dance, oration, gatherings, sitting, resting, conversing), a site that holds potential as a social place through direct experience.