KCUR News
6:46 am
Wed October 10, 2007

New Art Installation at the Sprint Center

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A new $1.3 million public art installation called The Moons was unveiled yesterday on the opening day of the Sprint Center. It marks the largest commission awarded in the 20 year history of Kansas City's one percent for art program, which sets aside one percent of the public costs of construction for art. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

In Chris Doyle's work called The Moons, three circular video screens, each 10 feet tall, mounted on poles, and surrounded by native plants, grasses and water displays, show Kansas Citians appearing to fly from screen to screen in flashes of bright colors. Doyle spent two years on the project, and last year, in a three-day video shoot, filmed more than 600 people who answered a call to jump on a trampoline.

Chris Doyle: "When you're a kid, you dream about flying. And I think early on that I learned that being on a trampoline was about the closest that I would ever get to flying. So when I thought about a project for Kansas City, I thought if I could bring together the sheer joy of being on a trampoline and the sensation of flying into one project that I could share some of that exuberance (with Kansas City)."

Doyle says the work will change throughout the year; he says the screens, or moons, will nestle into the landscaping as it matures and there are four versions of the video for each season. A public panel selected the Brooklyn based artist from more than 160 applicants. Laura Spencer, KCUR News.