On May 13, 2019 The Art in Public Places Initiative of the Leawood Arts Council installed and dedicated a new sculpture by nationally acclaimed artist, Michael Stutz. This piece is the 21st three-dimensional work in Leawood’s Public Art Collection.
The yet to be named sculpture of a walking woman, is installed on Tomahawk Creek Parkway just north of 119th Street, across the street from the Justice Center. The figurative piece portrays a striding female form with her hair flowing behind, adding to the graceful animated quality of the piece. The three Kansas limestone base elements suggest that the figure is taking the next step, giving a sense of optimism or confidence in moving into the future. The 8 ft figure is constructed of strips of silicon bronze and features a blueish-green bronze patina creating a distinctive look. The strips of bronze create a light and feminine quality to the figure.
Stutz creates work that is organic, expressive and individual. This piece, commissioned by the Art in Public Places Initiative, expresses energy and positive determination yet is playfully contemporary, celebrating the everyday connection between people and nature. It relates to activity on our greenway trail system and the goal of healthy lifestyles in Leawood.
Michael Stutz has created public art installations throughout the nation. He studied painting at the University of Tennessee and York Street College of Art in Belfast, Ireland. His commitment to public art grew out of work done in New Orleans, designing and building large-scale figures for the city’s Mardi Gras parades. He now works from his studio in Southern California.