Friends of the Arboretum was thrilled to be able to present an exhibit of kinetic sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens from April 21, 2018, to September 30, 2019.

"Silver Breeze" by Rafael Morales Silva was added to the exhibit in the spring of 2019.

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 featuring the art of
Tom Brewitz, Lin Emery, Jeff Kahn, John King, Jeffery Laudenslager, Evan Lewis,
Ralfonso, 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


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, 2018, the artists participated 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 were field trip opportunities for middle and high school students to explore the art and science of kinetic sculpture.

Pictured: I Ching by Jeff Kahn

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Exhibition Catalog


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