The Commons in Kansas City, MO

The Commons in Kansas City, MO

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.

The Commons in Kansas City, MO

The Commons in Kansas City, MO

The Commons in Kansas City, MO

The Commons in Kansas City, MO

2 thoughts on “The Commons in Kansas City, MO

  1. The last time I was in downtown KC, it didn’t look anything like that. It was more like Queen City Discovery territory. Good to see someone trying to breathe some life into the area.

  2. When we checked it out a few months ago, the downtown-ish area seemed not unlike downtown and OTR here in Cincinnati — blocks of empty buildings and then some luxury loft condos, empty storefronts and then upscale restaurants. Some streets had plenty of well-heeled pedestrians, and plenty of streets were completely desolate.

    We only spent a few hours in Kansas City, though, so I don’t have much of a perspective on the city as a whole.

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