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BOCC approves new public art for Justice Annex

As part of Johnson County's 1% Public Art initiative, Kansas City artist Beth Nybeck's proposed artwork "Tapestry" was selected for the Justice Annex building courtyard at 588 Santa Fe in Olathe. "Tapestry" is a set of five large, plant-like aluminum figures, one as large as 11-feet tall. Each piece will feature letters, sentences and phrases that tell stories associated with the people who work at, and frequent, the Justice Annex buidling. "Tapestry" will be commissioned for $75,000. The sculpture is schedule for completion in November 2015.

Johnson County Government's 1% Public Art program, established in 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners, is funded through a dedicated stream of revenue generated by County capital building projects. This Program commits 1% of the building cost of newly constructed County buildings to public art. Projects range in size from $75,000 to $1,000,000; however, the County maintains a trust fund that can be spent on smaller projects of the County’s choosing.

Nybeck is an internationally-acclaimed artist who primarily creates large, metal sculptures. Her work can be seen in airports, office buildings, sports complexes and other high-profile places around the country. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Nybeck works out of a studio in the West Bottoms.