Exhibit of Kinetic Sculpture

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

April 21, 2018 - September 30, 2019


featuring the art of

Tom Brewitz
Lin Emery
Jeff Kahn
John King
Jeffery Laudenslager
Evan Lewis
Meryl Taradash
Rein Triefeldt



Kinetic art is a unique art form utilizing the environment to enhance the esthetic experience for the viewer. Participating artist Lin Emery aptly described the artistry of kinetic sculpture when she said, “Elements are derived from nature, and I borrow natural elements — wind, water, magnets — to set them in motion. The rhythms are influenced by infinite variables: the points of balance, the normal frequency of each form, the interruption of the counterpoise. I juggle, juxtapose, and adjust to achieve the dance or pantomime that I want.”

Pictured: Dance with the Wind by Ralfonso Gschwend



Visitors will delight in each and every sculpture as it changes in the light and wind. Art and science merge in this perfect setting. Take a seat to fully enjoy the complexity of a particular favorite, or stroll the gardens to see them all. There is no additional charge to enjoy the exhibit when you visit the Arboretum.

Pictured: Sky Writing by John King



On Saturday morning, April 21, the artists will participate in the Kinetic Art Symposium in Hudson Auditorium at the Nerman Museum on the Johnson County Community College campus.
During the length of the exhibit, guest presenters will offer learning opportunities about the art and science of kinetic art for children, youth and adults. Guided tours and field trip opportunities are available.

Pictured: I Ching by Jeff Kahn


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas

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