New Public Art Celebrated: The Commons at Baltimore Alley
New Public Art Celebrated: The Commons at Baltimore Alley

Over one hundred people turned out on chilly October night to celebrate imaginative urban engagement at The Commons by Julia Cole and Leigh Rosser.

Commissioned by the Art in the Loop Foundation, The Commons is an invitation to gather, rest and reflect, offering a place for public conversation and refreshment in the midst of Downtown Kansas City.  The Ghost Birds wall sculpture remembers and ancient, brightly colored, native parrot, the Carolina Parakeet, which became extinct soon after settlers arrived.  Tiles with QR codes accompany the sculpture allowing viewers to read or listen to their story.  This work tests an idea:  Can a recreated experience of the wild satisfy a lingering human need to encounter a living world?

Stop by the installation, located in the alley connecting Baltimore and Wyandotte between 10th & 11th Streets to experience the art.  Additional information is also available at

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Jon Copaken, Bill Dietrich and Doug Curran explore The Commons

The Ghost Birds wall sculpture in The Commons at Baltimore Alley.

Jim Miller, DST Realty, with artists Julia Cole and Leigh Rosser

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