Thursday, January 29, 2009

Architectural Sojourn

Rambled through downtown KC today just on a lark.   Nice light.  A mix of architecture from the very traditional facade of Old St. Patrick's at 8th and Cherry nestled in amongst it's modern neighbors to the ultra modern skin of the Sprint Center and H & R Block Building.   I like both.  A complete renovation of Old St. Patrick's was just completed in the fall of last year.  Kudos to those whose preserve rather than level.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Shaveus Interruptus

Mr. Daisy (I thought it was a girl ((kinda sums up my life)) )  grabs naps where and when possible.    This was a new one though.    

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

End Times Redux

Not that this is any particular obsession with me but, yet again, sky signs point to the end.  Last Thursday evening this large "X" appeared in the sky over Leawood.    If you recall from my earlier post I believe that to be a sign of the end times.... a Deity rehearsal if you will.   Unlike the earlier "X" which appeared over Blue Springs formed by contrails, this letter is formed by clouds.  There can be no doubt that it was created by a higher power.   Thus, at least for our area, the end times will begin in Leawood.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Winds of Aphrodite

New art adorns the north end of Bartle Hall.  Created as part of the One-Percent for Art Program the project screens the newly re-configured Bartle loading dock from passers by and offices on the north side of the Convention Center.

The design was created by Crawford Architects with an artistic assist from New York artist Zhao Sulkang.  The structure was fabricated by A. Zahner Co. here in Kansas City.

All the interior shots above were taken at A. Zahner as the materials were being prepared for installation.  Many thanks to Roger Reed who allowed me to photograph the process.  

Design documents led to the creation of metal support rods of varying length to give the sculpture three dimensions.   Each rod had to be checked for alignment and straightened by hand if necessary.    

Large, porous aluminum sheets were cut into different widths and lenghts and molded to prescribed shapes.   A full-scale mockup of one section of the screen was done on the back lot of A. Zahner to insure that all components would fit together.   Installation took about a month.

At night the artwork is illuminated by spotlights from within the Bartle addition with alternating colors.

I think it's cool!