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Leawood Public Art - "Cloud Gate"

Jesse Small
"Cloud Gate"
Mild Galvanized Steel
Installed Spring 2011
I-Lan Park, 12601 Nall Avenue

Cloud Gate Art


The Leawood Arts Council and Art in Public Places Initiative commissioned this Gate sculpture by Jesse Small specifically for this location because of his intimate knowledge of the orient. "Cloud Gate" is a focal point of I-Lan Park, which was developed to honor Leawood's Sister City relationship with I-Lan, Taiwan. Small has spent many years working and studying in the Orient.

Jesse Small received his BFA from KCAI in 1997, and his MFA from Alfred University, NY, in 2005. He maintains active studio practice in both the United States and China. With recent exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Chong Qing, Shenzhen, New York City, and Kansas City, he brings realistic global view points to local projects. Jesse has established his North American studios in Los Angles, California at the Belger Creative Campus, in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Cloud Gate" is constructed of mild galvanized steel with a matte silver/gray finish. The top decorative portion of the gateway is intricately cut into lace-like clouds. Each corner features groups of cut steel representing lanterns. This Asian influenced sculpture stands 21' by 19' wide.

The placement of the piece serves as an inviting entrance to the park and will open from east and west allowing viewers to walk through the 12' opening. Passing though the gateway represents the social implications of the gateway serving as an open exchange or connection between Leawood and Taiwan.