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New art for Lenexa Rec Center

New art for Lenexa Rec Center
Posted on 10/23/2018
Rendering of the sculpture "Splash"

San Francisco artist Shan Shan Sheng is creating a 65-foot-long abstract sculpture for the Lenexa Rec Center. Fittingly named “Splash,” the sculpture captures the experience of entering water and will be installed down the hall from the Rec Center’s indoor pool. Made up of 31 colorful pieces of cold cast glass panels and suspended from the ceiling, visitors will interact with the artwork from two levels of the building.

Sheng says “Splash” will activate the entrance of the Rec Center, creating a threshold of color, space and light. The glass panels will catch and reflect light, casting rich and intense colors onto the surrounding space. She says the piece draws on the energy used throughout the facility and hopes the sculpture will instill visitors with a sense of joy and wonderment.

Known for her large-scale art sculptures, Sheng has artwork displayed throughout the world including in four of the world’s tallest buildings. In her 25 years as a professional artist, she has spent the last 18 years working in the public art field. She has more than 30 large-scale projects throughout the United States as well as the international cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, London and Venice. Sheng’s public art project “Ocean Wave” at Port of Miami was awarded the best public art project by Americans for the Arts in 2007. In 2009, her artwork “Bamboo Forest” in Hsinchu was awarded the best public art project in Taiwan.

“Splash” is the second piece of public art for Lenexa’s new civic campus in Lenexa City Center and will be installed later this year. “Body Politic” by Joe O’Connell can be found on the western edge of the civic campus. Both pieces are part of a master plan for arts within the new campus.

Splash rendering

Published on October 23, 2018