The Commons is an alleyway that runs West from Baltimore Ave., between 10th and 11th Sts. in downtown Kansas City. It’s a public meeting and resting place whose design elements recall the landscape before the encroachment of people.
Julia Cole and Leigh Rosser, the artists behind this project, claim, “With this work we are testing an idea: Can a recreated experience of the wild satisfy a lingering human need to encounter a living world?”
Where possible, this commission uses recycled, repurposed or low-impact materials, and the forms are based on local topography, such as the Missouri River represented by the blue ribbon running down the alley.