The City of Merriam plans to commission an artist or team to design, produce, and install public art for a site along the Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail. The City has dedicated $100,000 to pay for this public art project, and a resident-led art committee will help select the piece.
Read more about the project proposal.
Looking for ways to enhance public spaces in the downtown area, the City began a 5-year initiative to bring creative and compelling art to Merriam. The idea was to honor the City’s history and identity while enriching and inspiring the community for those who live in, work in, and visit Merriam.
Phil Lammers, the art committee’s chair and former Merriam city administrator, said he loves volunteering for this initiative.
“It’s nice to work for a governing body that understands the importance of public art,” Lammers said.
The City selected Merriam resident James Martin as its public art consultant.
“The City of Merriam leadership has shown great vision with this public art and placemaking program,” Martin said. “Public art provides a significant, long-term quality of life enhancement for current and future residents that’s very economical compared to similar quality of life initiatives. With this program, Merriam joins the company of other leading Kansas City area communities such as Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park.”
This will be the third of five planned public art instillations. Merriam unveiled the first public art project titled “Still Time” in July 2016. The multi-sensory artwork sits at the corner of Merriam and Johnson drives. It was created by DRAW Architecture + Urban Design in collaboration with sound artist Paul Rudy. It features a large-scale wind chime and 16-foot limestone tower.
In late July, the City will install a second project titled “Planting the Seeds.” Colorado artist Christopher Weed created three large 7-foot seed pods made from highly polished steel. The sculpture will be displayed at Merriam Marketplace.
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