Meg is gone. Tough day. Need to have some fun. Drove down Troost in Mid-Town Kansas City. Found wonderful art on the wall at the Kansas City Urban Youth Center. I don’t know anything about the Center, but they have great art on their walls. It made my day a little brighter. Hope it does for you as well.
Graffiti and wall art add color and life to our city streets. They are very much a part of the culture of our urban community. The artists deserve to be acknowledged. But even more, they deserve a wider audience.
We all remember the song The Itsy, Bitsy Spider. While I can’t identify the writer of this classic children’s song, Iza Trapani wrote a children’s book by the same name, all about that spider.
I cannot help but believe that if that itsy, bitsy spider had grown up, it would look much like this spider, a bronze sculpture cast in 1997 by the artist, Louise Bourgeois. It sits on the lawn of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, a short walk from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Mid-Town Kansas City.
Behind her, poised on the museum wall, is the “bitsy” version of the Kemper’s Spider.