Prairie Logic

How a city's rooftops can become a public stage

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Prairie Logic is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based artist Janet Zweig and El Dorado. Comprised of a full scale perforated aluminum boxcar in a 25,000 square foot sea of native prairie grass, it was commissioned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri as part of their 1% for Public Art program. The work is situated on a half-acre planted roof 4 stories above Main Street in downtown Kansas City. It is meant to be experienced at three different scales: viewed from the neighboring skyscrapers looking down; viewed in the distance from the green roof; and experienced close up as both a place of solitary contemplation and as a programmed community performance space. Prairie Logic is a provocative study in historical displacement and urban juxtaposition: can a historic relic of a past frontier help us re-imagine a new urban frontier amongst our city’s rooftops?
  • 2012
  • Architect, Fabricator
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 14’ x 9’ x 14’ / 1,700 SF

Client

  • City of KCMO

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Dan Maginn
  • Project Manager: Brady Neely
  • Fabricator: Chris Burk

Artists

  • Janet Zweig

Awards

  • 2013 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award

Press

Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair

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