The Kansas City Board of Trade wanted to re-establish a sense of identity to its primary building approach, the focal point of which was an anonymous, vine-covered parking structure. The north facade was redesigned by cutting new openings and placing a sign at the top to create visual direction and movement. A smooth surface was built in the center to provide a clean backdrop for a piece of artwork. The charge was to create a piece that symbolized the past, present and future of the Board of Trade and reflect the Mid-West region. More than wheat, the new sculpture represents the process of harvesting and selling any commodity. It was designed in various textures of copper to change throughout the day and night. Over time, it will change as nature gives it a patina.
Kevin Harden (Principal in Charge), Joel Marquardt
Gastinger Walker Harden Architects
A. Zahner Sheet Metal Co., Kansas City