Jazz Pantheon


Location: Vine Street and E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO

Owner: City of Kansas City, MO

Artist: John T. Scott

Dedicated: April 26, 2002

Medium: Stainless steel

Description:

Located in the Jazz District behind the American Jazz Museum, this abstract sculpture uses jazz as a theme. It uses numerous stainless steel silhouettes to portray African American life in historic Kansas City. A man playing guitar sits on a bench seemingly inviting passersby to stop and listen. A man playing a piano sits atop one of the end columns of the work. Figures of men and women depict various activities. There are cars and buses as well as floating musical bars. It is all framed in an abstracted form of a house-like sculpture. The shiny stainless steel surfaces act as a mirror, reflecting the images of contemporary people within the images of the past.

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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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