We awarded this commission last spring to Reilly Hoffman, a local sculptor who works in flame-textured steel.Â He titled the piece Empatheia, and of courseÂ this maquette reflects the design.Â The monumentalÂ version will be installed at the hospital this month.
I love giving emerging artists a break, especially those who are as talented, andÂ work as hard, as Reilly.
The Royals approached me last spring about doing something grand for their main lobby. I suggested an abstracted interpretation of the stadium by William Lobdell, a KCAI grad.
They invited us to a game, we drank a few beers, brainstormed, and William set to work.
What resulted wasÂ this epicÂ piece he madeÂ out of 1000 found objects, sculpted wood, metal, baseball equipment, etc.Â My contribution?Â A couple of beer bottle caps.
Took these young artists for a day of art exploration along the MO River recently, ablyÂ assisted by teachers Anthony High and Pamela Sahl. Call it a walking history lesson.
One of the old barge warves, dating back about 100 years.
Some dudeÂ yacking about history, art and the river.
Wonderful composition by one of the students.
Get off the freaking statue. By the way, who was York?
Group shot at end of journey. Hey, where’s the art consultant?