Meadowbrook Park Public Art Project
"Gateway" by Amie Jacobsen, installed in October 2022, made of stainless steel and glass.
The ribbon cutting was held on October 17, 2022. Pictured in the center are artist Amie Jacobsen and JCPRD Board Chair Heather Rubesch.
Within the glass petals are LED lights, which allows the piece to "glow" every evening.
Based on the Kansas sunflower, “Gateway” is designed to be not only a striking and dynamic form, but also engaging and interactive. Standing nearly 12 feet tall, multiple brightly colored and shaped petals made of cast glass and steel will glow in the sunlight as well as with lighting at night. The center of the flower creates an archway that beckons visitors to walk under the arch. Inside the arch, illustrated panels (details here Project Description Project Description Project Description Project Description Project Description) stretch from the floor up the interior sides, creating a tapestry that represents the history of the area of Meadowbrook Park and Prairie Village as a whole. Behind and above the illustrated panels, the rest of the archway will be covered with mirror polished stainless steel that will reflect the visitors below. This represents the present and future of the community, reflecting back at the viewer.
About the Artist
Amie J. Jacobsen is a designer, sculptor, and public artist living and working in the Kansas City area. A lifelong creator, she produced work in painting, illustration, and graphic design before transitioning to 3D design and metalworking in 2015. Amie's studio is located in Independence, where she employees three assistants. Together, they produce sculptures, artisan furniture, and public art pieces throughout the US.
Thank you to the Art Selection Committee for their work on this project!
Pictured on left: Meadowbrook Park Art Selection Committee members - Susan Mong, Jessamyn Cartwright, Kim Whitman, Martin Pyle, Mark Allen, Mike Dizney, Justin Duff. Not Pictured: Shelly Trewolla. Pictured on right: Site visit tour with three art finalists.
This project is made possible by the generous support of: