NOTO Arts District Adds New Sculptures

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

Topeka Metro Offers First Friday Artwalk Shuttle

The Friday, Aug. 2, First Friday Artwalk will feature a special shuttle bus. It will run from the Quincy Street Station (which will have an art display this month of new bus benches painted by local students along with cake for their 40th Birthday), then head to 8th & Jackson. After that, the bus will head for Westboro, stopping along the way at Grace Cathedral's Cloister Gallery, Swinnen & Associates, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. From Westboro, the bus will head to NOTO, stopping at Warehouse 414 on their way back to the Quincy station and start over again. Buses will run from 5:30-8:30p.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The NOTO Arts District is getting even more artsy.

Two new sculptures are now decorating North Kansas Avenue. NOTO's board looked at 27 different art pieces before deciding on "Child Song" by Nebraska artist Mary Jane Lamberson and "Bo Bo Tree" by Pat Slimmer of Lawrence.

John Hunter, project development co-chair for NOTO, says the new artwork will bring more attention to the area.

"This just takes us to another level of visibility," Hunter said. "Obviously we have our studios now, we have our antique dealers, we have our gallery spaces, and what this does is just brings awareness to the people who are passing by the building or walking up and down the street that something exciting is happening inside."

The sculptures will be on display in NOTO for a year. They're installed in time for the August First Friday Artwalk.

Statement from Mary Jane Lamberson on "Child Song #2":
"Child Song #2 is one of a series of sculptures that explore the minimal, abstract human form. This fabrication of a mother and child is created with the fewest metal lines possible from manipulated steel rod and pipe. The suggestion of form provides that starting point for imagining their identities."

Statement from Pat Slimmer on "Bo Bo Tree":
"Bo Bo Tree is named in memory of a dear friend named Bo who recently passed away after battling cancer. The sculpture represents an organic shape made from recycle I-beams and chain. Bo had said that the Y in the I-beems represent the word yes, a positive force. A great example of how we should all live our lives."

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