GREENSBURG, Kan. — A city in southern Kansas has added a new kinetic sculpture to a city park.
The Hutchinson News reports that sculptor Jim LaPaso of Kyle, Texas, created the Triple Eclipse moving sculpture that’s been installed in Greensburg’s Starlight Park.
The sculpture has three wheels with stained glass stars that reflect light as they spin. It’s one of three sculptures that aim at bringing new life to the community.
The sculptures are part of a public art project launched for the 10th anniversary of the May 2007 Greensburg tornado. The tornado was classified as an F-5 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates tornado intensity. It destroyed 95 percent of the town and killed more than 10 people.
A $15,000 grant from electric utility company ITC Great Plains funded the installation of the Triple Eclipse.
“The arts are an important component to thriving communities,” said Donna Zalewski, ITC Holdings Corp. director of local government, community affairs and philanthropy. “ITC is pleased to support this exciting and meaningful installation in Starlight Park and hope the citizens of Greensburg will enjoy it for many years to come.”
A committee began planning the art project in December 2015.
The first sculpture to be installed was a barrel that features etchings on its textured metal. The $12,000 sculpture was funded through local donations and sales of memorial bricks and benches.
A third sculpture will later be added to the park at the location of the old City Hall building.
Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com