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Leawood Public Art - "The Sentinel"

Tex Jernigan
"The Sentinel"
Mild Steel, Copper and EMT Conduit Sculpture
Dedicated October 16, 2006
4800 Town Center Drive

The Sentinel Art

Tex Jernigan came to Kansas City in 2003 from Dallas, Texas. He has been drawing all of his life. Enrolling in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute was a radical shift, but his sculptures remain reminiscent of his drawings; they both have a single desired orientation.

In Jernigan's signature style, his work when viewed from most angles looks chaotic, but when viewed from a certain, optimal perspective, manifests a perfect sense of organization. "Sentinel" is oriented to offer this perfect perspective as one drives towards City Hall. "Sentinel" appears as an aggressive behemoth watching and guarding. A sentinel is a watcher but as a sculpture it is something that is being watched. As you look down the barrel of the entire piece and see the sky behind, you no longer see the wild twisting and flailing but instead a burst radiating from a center point. Its form is dictated by this view.

This work of art along with Hoffman's "Anagenisi apo Koinonia" was originally part of the Leawood Art on Loan program. At the time of installation Jernigan was a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute. As with the previous piece, this was the first time Art on Loan was made possible through a cooperative effort of APPI with the Kansas City Art Institute and the KCAI Sculpture Department Chair, Michael Wickerson. Following the loan period, during which the piece was highly acclaimed, it was purchased by the City.