Hearts on parade in Lenexa

Hearts on parade in Lenexa
Posted on 03/17/2022
two large painted fiberglass hearts near Lenexa Public Market and in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

This spring, Lenexa is thrumming with the beat of some giant hearts.

Brightly colored 5-foot-by-5-foot fiberglass hearts have popped up in several spots around town. They are part of the Parade of Hearts, a public art experience and philanthropic project that is setting an example of unification to strengthen our communities.

In total, area artists and businesses designed 154 original artworks based around the historical and iconic KC Heart. The hearts are on display across the Kansas City metro through May. Lenexa is hosting hearts at the following locations:

  • Lenexa civic campus (outside Lenexa Public Market), 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy.
  • Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (near Legler Barn Museum), 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road
  • Rally House, 9750 Quivira Rd.

The hearts will be auctioned in June, and funds raised will support local causes including education, arts and, small minority-owned and women-owned businesses, health and wellness, and hospitality and tourism. Learn more

Mobile app and social media

A free Parade of Hearts mobile app is available. It includes a GPS-enabled map so you can plan your very own heart-stopping tour.

Show us your selfies with Lenexa’s hearts! Tag the City’s Instagram and Twitter handles and use #ParadeOfHearts in your social media posts.

What inspired the artists

Kansas City Kaleidoscopes

Experimental artist Jean McGuire of Shawnee created “Kansas City Kaleidoscopes” located at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, near the Legler Barn Museum.

“As an artist, I feel like color and light are what we’re ready for,” McGuire said. “We just had two years of darkness and feeling overwhelmed by everything that was going on. And the bright colors really helped bring everybody back into a higher level of creativity and feeling good energy.”

The Unexplained Hope

Artist Megan Hale of Fort Leavenworth designed “The Unexplained Hope," which is displayed on the Lenexa civic campus, outside the Lenexa Public Market.

“Being in the middle of the United States limits interactions with the sea, so for the first design I decided to bring the sea to Kansas City,” Hale said. “I incorporated two flowers that are able to thrive in the Kansas summer heat: the sunflower and zinnias. These elements symbolize the connection between the land and sea and that we are all connected whether we realize it or not.”

We Love Our KC Chiefs

Retired secondary art educator Jeanette Parsons of Lake Winnebago designed “We Love Our KC Chiefs,” which is installed near Rally House. 

“Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are in everybody’s hearts and minds,” said Parsons. “I was so excited to be able to capture him in action. The Chiefs have brought so much pride to our community. Everywhere you go, people are united in trying to cheer them on to another victory. No matter where I am in the world, especially here in Kansas City, people love the exuberance and the excitement of the game. They love being united to cheer on their people that they love — sometimes the people they don’t love so much — to just come on and win a game. Our Chiefs have united us from across the world and we cheer them on to victory.”

Published March 17, 2022