Le Grand Noeud (The Grand Knot)


Location: Mill Creek Park, JC Nichols Parkway and W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Owner: KCMO Parks & Rec

Artist: Kim Hamisky

Landscape Architects: Young & Dring Landscape Architecture

Installed: 2005

Dedicated: October 15, 2005

Medium: Bronze

Description:

This sculpture, which doubles as a bench, can be found just off the walking path in Mill Creek Park, north of the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain.

The sculpture was donated to honor Miller Nichols (1911-2000), local real estate developer, adviser and philanthropist by his daughters Kay Callison, Nance Lopez, Ann Nichols and Lynn Nichols. They decided to place the sculpture in Mill Creek Park because of their father’s work with Dr. Ben McCallister to beautify and enrich the park area and his part in establishing a support group for the park, the Mill Creek Association.

Miller Nichols, who was the son of JC Nichols, became president of the JC Nichols Company after his father's death and expanded its activities and influence out into the Greater Kansas City area as the city grew. He was involved in many projects to benefit Kansas City and supported and worked with many local organizations and committees. He added several art pieces to the Country Club Plaza and believed in the beautification of the community, as his father had.

The sculptor, Kim Haminsky, was born in Vietnam and studied art in Paris. He created this sculpture in 1987. There is another Le Grand Noeud by Haminsky in Monaco.

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