Lenexa, you came through! THANK YOU!!! Check out this cart FULL of diapers that we took to @happybottomsorg this week. Thanks to your donations, local families will have better access to diapers for their children!
Are you one of the stars on this map? If so, THANK YOU! Your input is directly influencing the work the Steering Committee and Joint Task Forces are doing in Vision 2040, and they couldn't do it without you!
You're in for a real treat at the City Hall Art Gallery this month. The 2-D show features photography by Wendy Delzeit. Wendy is a volunteer photographer for us, and many of the great photos you see in TownTalk, on social media and in emails are often taken by her. We are so proud of her, as this is her first solo show!
Our newest piece of public art, "Body Politic" is colorful, interactive and now fully installed!
When artist Joe O'Connell traveled to Lenexa to find inspiration for an outdoor sculpture commissioned for the Lenexa civic campus, he found a city whose residents and leaders take pride in community – a concept that would inspire the name and design for his interactive work of art, Body Politic. "When I visited Lenexa, I saw a community that was very conscious of itself as such - and that was very nice. The term Body Politic goes back to the medieval times and suggests that citizens are the 'body' of an organism and the king is the 'head.' As societies have lost their kings, there is still a sense in which citizens are a 'body.' And people use the term generally to refer to the citizens of a city, state or nation." The finished sculptures from O'Connell and his team from @creativemachines were recently installed on the western end of the civic campus between the Lenexa Rec Center and the parking garage.
These hand-hammered stainless steel orbs are enveloped in more than 200 cut-out silhouettes which each convey an emotion, action or attitude toward life. The diverse silhouettes reflect the spirit of the Lenexa civic campus, which is designed to be a place where people gather and make the connections that are so vital to building community. "Lenexa City Center is a great gathering space, and it got me thinking about why we gather in public," O'Connell said. "I think one reason is to observe the feelings of others through how they hold their body.... I think this is why we go to social spaces instead of remaining stuck on screens. We understand each other at a distance very well by observing each others' bodies." The sculpture itself is designed to draw people together with its dynamic interactive qualities. Lights inside each orb change colors through the night. The light colors can also be changed using a button – inviting visitors to meet at the sculptures and collaborate on a uniquely personal light show.
Oh no! 😲 We're having a diaper drive to benefit @happybottomsorg, and our donation bins are EMPTY! Can you help fill it? We are collecting diapers & wipes through 9/30, and you can bring them to eight city locations to help this local charity provide diapers to those in need! You can drop off your donations at Lenexa City Hall, the @lenexareccenter, @lenexapublicmkt, @lenexapolice station lobby, @lenexafire station # 1, Municipal Court, the Lenexa Community Center and Lenexa Municipal Services Center.
We are gearing up for Lenexa VisionFest! Are you joining us? 7-9 p.m. at the civic campus. If you can't join us, be on the look out in our IG stories for ways you can participate! #Len#Lenexa #Lenexa #ILikeLenexa
Transportation? Sense of community? Infrastructure? Revitalization? Economy? Housing? Neighborhoods?
What's your passion? Tell us next Thursday at Lenexa VisionFest! This is your chance to to get a peek into what Lenexa Vision 2040 is shaping up to be. And, it's your chance to make your mark on your community. So... BE THERE!
Lenexa VisionFest / Thursday, Sept. 20 / 7 to 9 p.m. / Lenexa civic campus .
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Hey there Popeye! Join us at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park for the Lenexa Spinach Festival today!