Permanent Site-Specific Public Art Commission, scheduled to be installed by the end of 2022
at the new Single Terminal and Parking at the Kansas City International Airport

Commissioned by the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission as part of the One Percent for Art.

Click here for the press release


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Proposed Project Concept Description

The project and its playful title are inspired by the popular children’s books, which present thematic visual riddles and invite viewers to find and identify related objects in a photograph, much like a security officer is expected to survey carry-on luggage flowing through the x-ray machine.

I propose to create a set of three digitally composed photographic collages that present what a family might pack in their carry-on luggage: toiletries, jewelry, currency, medicines, a change of clothes and small toys to entertain the youngest travelers. I am photographing these belonging using a shadow-show approach, which refers to the simple way children learn to create and perform stories. My method slightly obscures the subjects, creating a sense of mystery and intrigue. It invites the viewers to search for and discover familiar objects, perhaps ones they have in their own carry-on bags. The dream-like visuals provide a calming moment for travelers, and children will delight in recognizing dinosaurs, dolls and other familiar toys in the mix. They might even spot a pair of red ruby slippers, a playful nod to local cultural history.

All images © Kati Toivanen

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