Mission artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe has a grand stage for her creativity on Kansas City streetcar line

Dan Blom - August 18, 2016 11:55 am
The work was created by Mission artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe.
The work was created by Mission artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe.

If you are riding the streetcar in downtown Kansas City, you might be taken by the public art that has graced the stops along the line.

One of the artists commissioned for the “Art on the line” project is Mission’s Rachelle Gardner-Roe. She is a multi-media artist who works out of a small studio at her Mission home on some projects and at a family farm south of Kansas City where she has a larger sculpture studios.

“I’m a visual artist,” says Gardner-Roe. “I consider most of my works to be lace work.” In the piece that can be found at the northbound Power & Light District stop, she has depicted two figurative portraits that are created by layers of overlapping and radiating text.

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The text, she says, comes from a meditation manual. The work shows that it is still possible to make a connection – even on a streetcar. The piece required her to create all of the text. When a rider is sitting at the stop, the can see the detail, she says, but it also has an effect from a distance.

The work is expected to be at the stop until sometime in late September.

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Rachelle Gardner-Roe
Rachelle Gardner-Roe

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