Parterre Garden Fountain

Firefighters Memorial Fountain, Photo by: Bradley Cramer

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

Owner: Powell Gardens

Dates: 2000

Artist/Designer: MTR Landscape Architects, Tom Corbin (sculptures)


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.

Located in the Parterre Garden is this long pool surround by flowers. There are three sculptures by Kansas City artist Tom Corbin in the pool. The two figures on the ends of women standing on one leg on tiptoe, as a ballet dancer might do, with their arms and other leg straight out are two versions of the sculpture called Jazz II. The third figure of a woman who is either dancing or jumping with her knee bent and her arms above her head is called Jazz I. The sculptures are placed so that it looks like they are dancing on the water's surface. There are bubblers and water jets at the feet of the sculptures.

This water feature is the west end of the line of fountains in Kauffman Garden. Going from east to west, you have Woman With Shell on the east wall, the Ewing & Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain in the middle and then this fountain on the west end.

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