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  • "Evolve" - public art exhibition opens

  • The idea behind a public art exhibition is to create a display people can walk by, drive by or even touch. Eleanor Frasier believes that has happened with Blue Springs’ new temporary art exhibit, “Evolve.”

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  • The idea behind a public art exhibition is to create a display people can walk by, drive by or even touch. Eleanor Frasier believes that has happened with Blue Springs’ new temporary art exhibit, “Evolve.”
    “I think it has been a good year for public art,” said the chairman of the Public Art Commission in Blue Springs. “It is sort of like a little art walk in downtown Blue Springs. It also fits in well with all of the downtown activities.”
    “Evolve” is the city’s eighth temporary public art exhibition and features four pieces along Main Street in downtown Blue Springs. The exhibition continues through Sept. 30.
    Frasier said when thinking about the theme for this year’s exhibition, the commission felt it was important to incorporate the work Downtown Alive! is doing to revitalize the downtown area.
    “Evolve is similar to the concept that they are using to improve the downtown area,” she said. “We also thought the theme would allow for a lot of artistic impression.”
    A call went out to artists last fall. A total of 40 applications were received, the most ever for an art exhibition, which included images of previous work the artists had done. From there, a selection panel chose four artists as well as an alternate to create pieces for the downtown area.
    Frasier said what she likes about “Evolve” is that it is a lively exhibition with pieces that are of interest to families, children and a variety of community members.
    “I think my favorite piece is the butterfly because it is so unique with its color and movement,” she said. “Each one of the pieces had a presentation that we felt was important. The pieces think in terms of how to convey a message.”
    The four pieces of “Evolve” are:
    Evolve
    “Evolve” was created by John E. Bannon, of Boston. Sitting in front of the Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main St., “Evolve” incorporates a technique Bannon refers to as a “point of perspective.” From the front, the sculpture looks like a butterfly. However, from the side and the back, visitors will see a caterpillar.
    “The theme of ‘Evolve’ is very appealing to me,” he said in literature for the temporary art exhibition. “All of my work incorporates this concept because I feel it is the role of the artist to present new ways of seeing the world.”
    Moving the Stars
    Kansas City’s E. Spencer Schubert is the creator of this fiberglass head that sits in front of Kwik Kopy, 1201 W. Main St. The subject is blowing as if he is trying to move the stars. The artist said it is a playful view on how every gesture made has a reaction that makes an impact.
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    “Turn Around” is by Georgianna Krieger, of Oakland, Calif. The 4-foot bronze statue is at the corner of 10th and Main streets and depicts a young girl spinning in a moment in time. Krieger said the sculpture represents the “human experience” by spinning in the past, present and future.
    Fortitude III
    This piece is by North Carolina resident Mark Krucke and sits in front of the Blue Springs Historical Society, 101 S.W. 15th St. The seven-foot tall steel piece represents courage and strength. Krucke showed this by forming a leaf around a spiral stem.
    “Especially in this time we live in, things are constantly changing,” he said. “Public art is important because it promotes thought, reflection and conversation.”
     
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