Bird Lives aka Charlie Parker Memorial

July 23, 2016

Location:  The Paseo and E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO


Owner:  KCMO Parks & Rec


Artist:  Robert Graham


Dedicated:  March 1999


Medium:  Bronze



A large bronze depiction of Charlie Parker's face with his eyes cast downward.  The face has a green patina.  It sits atop a bronze trapezoidal base with a brown patina.  The face was not cast as a whole but rather in pieces that were later assembled together.  This is what gives the face its grid-like appearance.


This sculpture memorializes legendary jazz artist Charlie "Bird" Parker.  He was a major part of the Kansas City jazz scene and culture.  It is located in the middle of a plaza, also named after Parker, in the historic Jazz District and just west of the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine Streets.










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