Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Valley Park and the Christopher S Bond Bridge
Last month I spent a few days in Kansas City. The art show that I participated in kept me pretty busy but I did manage to get out and shoot some of the local landmarks. This first image is of the Christopher S Bond Bridge. This bridge crossing the Missouri River was opened in the fall of 2010. It is sometimes called the New Paseo Bridge since it was a replacement for the Paseo Bridge.
The second image is of the new Kauffman Center which opened in September 2011.
The Center was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, no taxpayer funds went into its construction. The City of Kansas City contributed and operates a parking garage adjacent to the Kauffman Center.
It is the performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet which in the past performed at the Lyric Theatre (Kansas City, Missouri), eight blocks north of the center. The Kauffman Center houses two unique performance venues: Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.
I feel fortunate to have found this last location that I photographed. After leaving the show one evening I quickly searched for a location that gave a good view of downtown. After spotting Penn Valley Park, I parked the car and then saw the statue of "Scout" at the top of a hill. It made a perfect foreground overlooking the Kansas City skyline.