Every September the Liberty Arts Commission's Rotating Sculpture Program installation get a new crop of sculptures for you to enjoy. Take a walk around downtown Liberty, enjoy the public art and stop in a few locally owned businesses! Take a look at the nine new pieces for the 2022 – 2023 year:
The first stop on the sculpture tour takes us to Agate Reflector by Jarod Charzewski from Charleston, SC. This piece is made out of steel and wrapped in bike reflectors! It’s located on Missouri Street just South of City Hall.
Next up is Infinity, by Ray Katz from Pontiac, MI. Infinity is four and a half feet tall and it made of steel. Located on Missouri Street right outside of City Hall, this piece will have you staring in aw!
C’est La Vie
If you’ve been to City Hall recently, you’ve probably noticed a new character perched on the retaining wall – that’s our third stop! C’est La Vie, by Kimber Fiebiger from Minneapolis, MN, is our cute little bronze guest for the time being. He is located on the wall in front of City Hall, but will eventually be transitioned to a new home when renovation on City Hall takes place.
Created by Albert Rhea from Papillon, NE, Dancing Figures will inspire you to get up and move! Standing at seven feet tall, this steel sculpture shows two individuals mid dance. If you come up Kansas at the right time, you can even see it shimmer like a disco ball when the sun hits it just right. This piece is located at the corners of West Kansas and Main Streets.
Hydraulic Jump 2
As you make your way around the square, make sure to stop by Hydraulic Jump 2. This abstract steel sculpture created by Kristin Garnant is located at the corner of Kansas and Prairie Streets!
As you make your way down Main Street don’t be alarmed – that isn’t a real piece of grass! The next sculpture to see is Drop, by John Bannon from Chicago, IL. This larger than life blade of grass features a magnifying glass dew drop on the cusp of dropping.
With the Tides
Out of all the pieces, this one has been around the longest. With the Tides, by Jodie Bliss from Monument, CO, was installed in May of 2022. Made from hand painted steel, this sculpture’s vibrant colors make it stand out!
Needing to get in a little more movement in on your tour? Take a break at the Dance Diagram and put your moves to the test! Stick to the diagram or add in your own steps, either way, make sure to check out this giant steel sculpture designed by Kristin Garnant.
The last stop on the Rotating Sculpture Tour is with Beth Nybeck’s Cubed sculpture. This Corten steel piece is big, bold and hard to miss! Located on Franklin Street by the Clay County Archives, this is one piece you’ll want to see! Nybeck is the only local Kansas City artist featured in this year's tour! Have you seen any of her other art around the metro?
You can find a map of the exhibit on the Otocast app. The app also features more information about each piece with an audio description from the artist. You can vote for your favorite piece in the app!
Whether you’re taking a leisurely walk around downtown or taking a self-guided tour using the Otocast app, make sure to check out all the amazing new art around the square! For more information about the Rotating Sculpture Program visit the Liberty Arts Commission webpage.