"Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture." - John Abbott

Leawood Public Art - "Growing"

Richard Hunt
Welded Stainless Steel
Dedicated August 20, 1999
Sculpture Garden on Tomahawk Creek Parkway between 113th and 115th Streets

Growing Art

Internationally renowned sculptor Richard Hunt of Chicago, Illinois has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country. His career as a sculptor began in 1955. Outside the studio the sculptor's horizons broaden to the limits of the possible. These possibilities are often realized through the creative interaction of conception of the artist and his patrons. The sculptor's internal dialogue develops into the dialogue that a sculpture sets up with the environment, for which the sculpture is created. Public sculpture responds to the dynamics of a community or those in it. It is this aspect of use, of utility, that gives public sculpture its vital and lively place in the public mind.

Inspired by the modern sculptures of twentieth-century artists, Hunt began to experiment with new techniques, including welding pieces of metal into abstract shapes. He has experimented with a wide range of techniques challenging traditional boundaries. His creations reveal a profound insight into social and political issues.

Hunt was one of the first artists to serve on the National Endowment for the Arts and on boards of the Smithsonian Institute. Hunt is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Richard Hunt was commissioned to create "Growing" for the City of Leawood. He uses geometric forms like triangles and cylinders to build the bases of his sculptures. Curved, flowing, natural forms sit on the bases. His goals are to: balance formal elements, such as line, shape and movement; explore ideas about nature, behavior and dreams; combine the tools and technology of today with the shapes and ideas of nature; and let the viewers decide what these shapes resemble.

This piece was originally installed next to City Hall but was relocated to the Sculpture due to the expansion of the Library.