A princely sum awarded for modern art in the new Kansas City airport was politely ignored by mainstream journalist hacks this week.
To wit . . .
THE "MOLTEN SWING" SCULPTURE BY KOREAN-AMERICAN ARTIST SOO SUNNY PARK GARNERED AN EPIC PRICE TAG OF $675K PASSED BY COUNCIL THIS WEEK!!!
Actually, that's a discount considering the sculpture was budgeted at $700K.
Check the artsy description . . .
Artist Soo Sunny Park uses light as a sculptural material, working with stainless steel chain-link fencing, as well as dichroic glass. She described her proposal, "Molten Swing," as paying homage to jazz pianist and bandleader Benny Moten "who in his short life helped Kansas City jazz transform American music."
Martin relayed that Park, a Korean-American artist with a faculty appointment at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire, said her research on Kansas City made her realize that "what jazz does with music, my work tries to do with space."
He added that the artist points out that, depending on the direction you're looking, the artwork "provides a sense of movement throughout the day through continuous shifts of color, varying chroma, reflectivity, and translucency."
Council lady Katy Shields sponsored the ordinance which informs us that the Municipal Arts Commission met on April 9, 2021, and voted unanimously to approve Park’s proposal.
To be fair and in order to allay sticker shock by those unfamiliar with the EPIC cost of high art or the KCMO 1% for the arts mandate . . . This price tag is just a drop in the bucket when we talk about more serious debates over alleged bid rigging, union beefs and sketchy runway paving contracts.
Moreover . . .
The illuminated sculpture matches the aesthetic of NEW KCI which seems like a smallish, cheap pile of poorly constructed glass, plastic & imported steel.
Developing . . .