Blue Springs’ latest temporary public art exhibit features works from artists all over the country, with one piece holding a special significance.
The wooden sculpture, on Adams Dairy Parkway just down the hill from Durvet Inc., was created by Brooklyn-based artist Matthias Neumann as part of the exhibit’s theme of “momentum.” It consists of two-by-four pieces of wood brought together in a vertical structure.
Despite being based across the country, Neumann purchased all of the sculpture’s materials in Blue Springs. When the exhibit is finished this time next year, the work will be dismantled and each of its pieces will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity project, according to Elanor Frasier, chairman of the Blue Springs Public Art Commission.
Frasier explained this sculpture is the 31st of its kind, with Neumann placing similar concepts in cities across the world, such as Spain and Romania.
“We are pleased to be one of the venues,” said Frasier.
Fraiser explained the piece is not only a contemporary work of art, but an environmental one. As the sculpture weathers the outdoor elements, the wood will change color to reflect the time that passes, making it an ongoing work of art instead of simply a static statue.
Originally educated as an architect in Germany, Neumann brought his architectural skills together with his artistic sense when he came to the United States and began pursuing sculpture as an art. His work is joined with three others to convey the theme of momentum, which Frasier reflects the commission.
“The concept of momentum is that we’re building our momentum to our 20th year,” she said.
The other pieces include “Cultivate,” by Tim Jorgenson, meant to convey the image of pods of seeds, “Inchoate,” by Luke Octoberg, whose name means to be just beginning, or not fully developed, and a sculpture by Johnathan Bowling, a rusting iron horse with wheels made of old tools.
The pieces in the exhibit were the final four among 53 applications the commission sorted through in order to select which pieces would be brought in for display. Residents can see the pieces driving down Adams Dairy Parkway or as they enjoy the walking trail.