Woman with Shell

Shell Girl, Photo by: Alexis Webb Bechtold

Location: Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Gardens, 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Artist/Designer: Tom Corbin

Owner: Powell Gardens

Dates: 1999


AKA Shell Girl

Located next to Theis Park and within sight of the Volker Fountain, this two-acre garden is part of the Kauffman Legacy Park. Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the garden. There are four distinct sections and 7,000 plants in the garden.

Against the east wall of the garden is Woman with Shell. She stands on a pedestal in a small pool. Water flows lightly out of the shell she holds in her right hand and falls into the pool below.

It should be noted that this sculpture, the fountain and the long pool all line up exactly east to west. You can stand at Woman with Shell and see all the way to the end of the long pool and you can stand at the end of the long pool and see Woman with Shell with the fountain in between.

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