Formidable

Submitted by Rob Ley

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Client: Kansas City Police Department

Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Artist

Rob Ley

Public Art Agent

Porter Arneill

Director of Arts and Culture

Overview

This hanging sculpture is located in the newly renovated Main Police Headquarters building in Kansas City, Mo. The silver and gold finished tubes are able to exist as both autonomous elements and as multiple parts that create a singular ceiling sculpture.

Goals

The piece is inspired by the apparent contradictory duality that police officers must balance between openness and engagement with the community while still carrying a sense of strength and authority.

Process

This piece was conceived early in the overall building design phase. As a result, coordination between the architects (Helix Architects) and my studio afforded the ability to have a tightly integrated piece in the new community room for the Kansas City Police Department.