New Sunflower Arch Art Installation in Prairie Village

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village will soon have a new sunflower-shaped public art installation.

Artist Amie Jacobsen was selected in a national competition to create a sculpture for the park.

The project, called “Gateway”, is inspired by the Kansas sunflower. It’s supposed to be a giant arch that people can walk through.

“It will feature cast glass in the center of the petals and the petals will actually light up and there is a walkway under the flower itself so you can enter the arch and there will be picture panels going up to the inside the an arch that will represent the history of Prairie Village and Meadowbrook Park,” she said.

Jacobsen is working on the project with his assistants at his Independence studio. This is his first public art installation in the metro.

“This is my first large scale piece really in the area. I have a piece that went to Coral Springs, Florida, one that went to Fremont, California, one that went to Oklahoma. I have a piece that went to Crested Butte, Colorado.

“Gateway” is expected to be installed in Meadowbrook Park this summer. You can learn more about the project and see artist renderings here.

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