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The Examiner


• Public art


Whimsy and imagination meet on the city streets Blue Springs has been accepting art for various public outdoor displays for 10 years, and that’s something special when you get right down to it. Its aim is simple: make Blue Springs an even more desirable place to live, work and locate a business. When the Blue Springs Art Commission was formed in 2000, one of its goals was to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the city. A seven-member volunteer advisory board was created, and meeting regularly, members review ways by which to beautify the city – specifically by obtaining various pieces of art for public display. Over 10 years, some of those pieces

have remained a permanent fixture in the city; other pieces have been purchased by private citizens and, sometimes, the host site. In one example, RED Development purchased art that is at the Adams Dairy Landing retail complex. Artists from across the country have been chosen to participate in the program. Commission members have stressed that the program promotes not only art itself but cooperation among the artists when they arrive. In 2007, the commission received $15,000 from the city to fund the temporary art exhibits and some operating expenses. Of this amount, $11,000

‘Duel Nature II,’ by Cecilia Lueza is one of pieces of public art in Blue Springs in 2012. the free-standing structure is in the median of U.S. 40 near 19th Street. was used to cover costs associated with the call to artists, loan fees, dedication ceremonies, signs for the art and general advertisements. The remaining amount covered administrative costs. This year’s exhibit is entitled “Connections,” the selections from which have been place at the different entranceways into the city. In the past, art has been typically placed in quieter places, like Pink Hill Park and St. Mary’s Medical Cen-

ter. This year’s art will be on display through Sept. 30. For information about the program, the commission, or how to apply, contact City Hall at 816-220-0110. – Jeff Martin


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Blue Springs City Guide 2012  

2012 Guide to Blue Springs, Missouri