Open Spaces

Open Spaces

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.

Architectural Folly from a Future Place will remain on permanent view adjacent to the Swope Memorial due to the generosity of the RC Kemper Foundation.

Open Spaces Installation

a video of the transport and install of the installation.

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An essay by Andrea L. Ferber, PhD published in THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal

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Mixed Uses: Open Spaces Kansas City

An essay by Blair Schulman published in Art in America

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