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

Leawood Public Art - "Lllooppi"

Nate Fors
Mixed Media Sculpture
Dedicated May 15, 2004
10601 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Leawood City Park

Llloopi Art

Artist Nate Fors has challenged himself to explore new materials in search of alternatives to the paint brush. His collages have grown into colorful three dimensional sculptures fashioned from fanciful and unexpected found and sought objects. Fors geometric and organic compositions exhibit his new approach to material, scale and color. He has retained the importance of play, and the resulting excitement is an integral and compelling part of his work.

Nate Fors is a native Kansan and graduate of the University of Kansas. He lives and works in the Kansas City area and is a recognized force in the local art scene. This playful piece was commissioned by the City of Leawood to sit near the entrance of City Park to be enjoyed by children as well as adults.

Fors' concept relates to this love of music and his expansive record collection. The design features a 40 foot pole representing the spindle of a record player. Seven, 56 inch brightly painted metal disks are reminiscent of 45 rpm vinyl records. The random placement of each disk is interwoven with an illuminated cable in a large scribble of light. Fors, who is known for his love of puns and witty word play, scrambled the word "lollipop" to come up with the title "Lllooppi."

In a way "Lllooppi" is two pieces; in the daytime "Lllooppi" can be seen as a series of seven abstract paintings jutting from the white pole at various angles. At night it resembles an abstract line drawing or a photograph of a time-lapse drawing done in the dark with a flashlight.