Fill the void - CODAworx

Fill the void

Submitted by Sukanya Mani


Client: Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation

Location: Lee's Summit, Kansas, MO, MO, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $1,500

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Sukanya Mani

Manakins Art

Industry Resource

Warren Sauer

Sauer Machine Company


Fill the Void was created in 2020. It poetically evokes a human silhouette while playing with negative spaces and creating dynamic shadow patterns that change throughout the day. The work rewards close scrutiny over the course of multiple visits, thereby maximizing the potential for interaction and discovery. The sculpture is meant to be viewed from the front and back, far away and up close.


This artwork was a progression for the artist to take inspiration from her papercut installations and present them as public art sculpture. The client wanted a large scale metallic version of one of her papercut installations.


The artwork was completed and then entered into a sculpture on the move program based in MO. The artwork resides in Lee's Summit, Kansas City, MO. The artist worked with Lee's Summit Parks department to deliver and install the piece. It took about a couple of months to get all the paperwork and the bases ready. The artist wrote a specific artist statement, conducted an artist talk and produced a video(included) to go with the piece.

Additional Information

I am an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for science and philosophy. I take complex ideas from those fields, build stories around them, and present them in a visual art form. I am constantly learning- my process involves creating with intent, intellectual thought, and placing context into my work. Each public art's purpose is addressed independently. Since public art is commission driven, a significant part of the design process starts with conversations with the client, and visual examination of the space where the sculpture will be installed. While specific meanings vary from piece to piece and installation to installation, my work is informed by the human attempt in the understanding of ourselves- both through the medium of science and philosophy. Stories, conversations, reading, and listening enter into my artwork, which may or may not be recognized by the viewer. My current artwork comes out of research around the study of our Universe. Creating a dialog between the understanding of the natural laws and a visual immersive form allows me to experience the cosmos in an immediate way. By mixing science and art, observation and imagination, I hope to find a bridge between the two, mimicking the breathtaking complexity that exists at every level of scale in the cosmos and