Temporary Site-Specific Public Art Installation, September-December, 2015
Washington Square Park, Kansas City, MO
Presented as part of the 2015 Art in the Square
Commissioned by the Municipal Art Commission and the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department


Artist Statement

This site-specific public art installation features a set of seventy images displayed on the flat panels of the North wall in Washington Square Park. With surroundings of mostly grass and very few flowers, this project aims to embolden the curved path along the railroad tracks. Sensuous imagery softens the hard and mostly cast-concrete materials of the park environment. The imagery draws visitors’ attention to the city’s skyline with its classic Western Auto sign along with the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

I create imagery from photographs taken with a macro lens of mostly artificial representation of live subjects (flowers, berries, leaves). With complex digital layering the imagery emerges vibrant and lively to create the illusion of a flowerbed on the park wall. The compositions appear at once familiar and mysterious, enchanting and disorienting.

All images © Kati Toivanen

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