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
David Seitzinger
Meryl Taradash
Rein Triefeldt

Kinetic art is a unique art form utilizing the environment to enhance the aesthetic 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 of Contemporary Art on the Johnson County Community College campus. Throughout the length of the exhibit, guided tours are available. During the summer months, children can learn about kinetic art and create their own. During the 2018-2019 school year, there will be field trip opportunities for middle and high school students to explore the art and science of kinetic sculpture.

Pictured: I Ching by Jeff Kahn


Mark your calendar for the Whirlwind Grand Opening & Reception
April 21, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy lemonade and sweet treats while viewing the sculptures (complimentary with Arboretum admission; refreshments limited to first 300 visitors). Mayor Gerlach will formally open the Whirlwind exhibit at 2:15 p.m., and the artists will be available to answer questions and discuss their sculptures.  Docents will provide even more information about the Arboretum and gardens.
Cart tours can be purchased for $10 per person if you prefer to ride, rather than walk, the ¾ mile route to see the sculptures.


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas

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