On Saturday, July 21, artist Jorge Blanco arrived from Sarasota, FL, to meet the Roeland Park community and get to work on the R Park Sculpture Project, slated for installation in May, 2019. At 9:30 in the morning Jorge met in R Park with the Arts and Parks Committees, Public Works and Citizens Sculpture Initiative to advise on the location, orientation and height of the sculpture. The discussion continued at a working lunch with Jorge and his wife, Elena.
At 4:00 p.m. that same day a standing-room-only crowd of Roeland Parkers gathered at the Community Center for homemade pie, ice cream, a chance to meet Jorge Blanco and enjoy his informative slideshow/talk, followed by a Q & A. Blanco’s witty, energetic, and positive personality is expressed in his more than 30 bold and colorful sculptural works in cities around the world.
This R Park sculpture project is privately funded and will be a gift to the City, facilitated by Citizens Sculpture Initiative for R Park. Now is your opportunity to help raise the needed final dollars by sending your donation to City Hall today. Donations of any size are greatly valued and appreciated. Tax-deductible checks should be written to “Roeland Park Community Foundation,” Memo on Check: “R Park Sculpture.”
The R Park sculpture needs a name! And YOU can help! Contest rules and entry forms are available here. Enter as many different names as you’d like until Dec. 31, 2018. The sculptor will choose the winning sculpture name. The Winner will be featured in stories on Roeland Park’s social media and will be introduced to the public at the sculpture’s dedication ceremony.