Monday, September 12, 2016


As organized labor fades from the American political lexicon, here's the last artistic stand of this movement subsidized by Kansas City taxpayers.

Our blog community asks . . .  

"This is what those high water bills pay for?"

It's supposed to be place for union folks to gather, rather than empty union halls . . .

Take a look at the pricey public art tribute and maybe send in a proposal to show Sally Field in her prime and poking through her t-shirt . . .





The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking artists or artist collaborations to work collaboratively within the design process to develop innovative, original art that represents the union trades for the Workers Memorial project located at Water Works Park.

The Workers Memorial will represent the working men and women who have lost their lives building Kansas City. The memorial should try to have a broad appeal representing a number of trades in the construction industry. Those trades include: Boilermakers, Carpenters, Bricklayers, Cement Masons, Elevator Constructors, Heat & Frost Insulators, Electricians, Ironworkers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Painters, Pipefitters, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Sprinkler Fitters, and Teamsters. The site should create a welcoming yet somber impression to visitors.

Key elements should include providing a monumental feeling of awe, with the presence of history of Kansas City, that tells the story of workers building it . . .

The primary objective for the memorial should include:
To bring awareness of fallen workers to the community.
To provide a site for families that have lost a loved one on a project to visit.
To provide a space for Union members to gather. (The site will include lighting.)

Artwork for this project will be commissioned through the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Artists will coordinate work with city staff, Union representatives and the design team. The estimated budget for artwork and all related art project costs is in the range of $150,000 - $250,000. Possibility of in-kind work, materials and/or site preparation through the various trades.

The opportunity to compete for this project is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. The City of Kansas City does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Qualifications by City employees or their relatives, and members of the Artist Selection Panel or Municipal Art Commission or their relatives will not be considered. Experience with public art projects, especially in relation to capital projects, is preferred. Applicants must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the design team and multiple government agencies.

The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, citizens, Union representatives, design professionals and City staff. The panel will select a small group of finalists who’ll be asked to develop proposals. A stipend will be provided for the development of the proposals/finalist interviews.
The criteria used by the panel will include the artist’s professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials.
The City of Kansas City is not required to make selections from these submissions, if, in their opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.

Interested artist should submit the following, to be delivered to by 4:00PM Central Time, on October 28, 2016. Please put Worker’s Memorial in the subject line.
Submission Materials:

Professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience.
Ten images of previous Public Art projects.
Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project on time and on budget.
Names and contact information of three references.

Qualifications Due: October 28, 2016 by 4:00PM, Central Time
Panel Review(s): Mid-November
RFP to selected artists: Late November
Proposals Reviewed/Artist(s) Selected: Late January


Anonymous said...

Why can't the unions pay for this themselves?

It's not like they aren't taking enough money from their members. KCMO shouldn't be forced to subsidize their politicaly lobbying.

I'm not voting for Hillary.

KC Works said...

Without unions, there is no middle-class. A memorial is the least you could do.

Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Let's make a big memorial with fireworks, sparklers and a free atm machine. That's what it seems like everybody wants nowadays.


Anonymous said...

Cool idea. A Workers Memorial huh? Guess blacks will not be represented if it's about people who work for a living.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^^ Dumbass.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^Bigger Dumbass

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you why BLACKS are so lazy---They all want "something" for "nothing"---They want Government hand-outs and hollar "DISCRIMINTATION" if they don't get it---Food Stamps, etc., are the "PITFALLS" and "STAGNATION" of this country, and nearly all Blacks are on Food Stamps---Our Government should say "Go to Work, or get the Hell out of this country---Go Back to Africa"!!! But that will never happen because it is Certain "Whites" that have caused this "ROT" in our Society and has spread through-out this country of ours...sidneyto, (Tired of "ROT", Tired of BLACKS; and Tired of "CERTAIN WHITES" who have "turned black"!!!)...

Anonymous said...


Sanchez Panzon said...

The Gringos are the worst. They don't work and they don't pay. They just sit in the parking lot and look at their phone all day.

Tim said...

Workers who have died? I'll just make some copies of Crossland's OSHA reports. Those guys celebrate when they don't kill a worker on a project.

Anonymous said...

What the Fuck!?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

In their own way, "workers" are just as much assholes as stock brokers.

If you don't believe me, then you are new to this blog.

Anonymous said...

Art. Labor. Old as I am, woman as I am, I did about half those jobs in my life. Why? Necessity. Depression -Era parents. single - mother self preservation. Broke and needed a job. Tired of folks telling me what I can and cannot do. Having mouths to feed. Alone and desperate. Not educate able . Damn auto-correct.

All I want is a fucking chance. Food on my table and be warm and safe for Winter. Blessed with a little talent. Taught a lot. Survived life. No name special or to give a damn. But I am a worker. Beaten most of my childhood. Been bossed my whole life. I am a worker. They'll toss my app. In the trash as usual over the decades.

Wrong color, age and sex.. I danced with a conversation for two people...alone. I'll print my rejection letter.

Anonymous said...

They really need to be building a memorial to non workers, public housing recipients, food stamp users, medicare milkers, bastard kid money pot makers or damn near anything else. This is Kansas City after all