Loose Park Wall Fountains


Adam & Eve Fountains, Photos by Alexis Webb Bechtold

Location: Jacob L. Loose Park, W 51st Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

Owner: City of Kansas City, Missouri

Artist/Designer: Jeanette Klein

Installed: 1942

Description:

AKA Adam and Eve, Lady and Gent

In 1941, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a competition to select an artist for a fountain in Jacob Loose Park. Jeanette Klein of Kansas City was awarded the commission and she created larger-than-life-size figures of a man and a woman in clay, which were placed in semicircular niches on the south wall of a service building. They were unveiled during the 1942 Rose Day celebration. In 1946, the clay figures were replaced with stronger versions of the same forms made of cast concrete with marble aggregate. The kneeling figures each hold bowls from which water trickles into small basins at the base of the niches.

Over the years, the sculptures have acquired nicknames, such as "Adam and Eve" and "Lady and Gent," but there is nothing to indicate that the artist ever gave the work a specific name.

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