And "adequate" wasn't good enough.
"We aim for excellence," said director
So the museum, at
The new landscaping is intended to allow, and complement, the mixture of activities that take place at the museum now and in the future, McDonnell said. The area is used for walking dogs in the evening, by kids playing ball and throwing Frisbees, and for outdoor concerts and weddings.
The money for the project came from the museum's board of trustees chair,
The museum has hired a design team headed by landscape architect and urban planning firm Confluence, which has offices in
Scuri designed the
The work will be overseen by Wichita's GLMV Architecture.
The museum hopes that design development can be completed by the end of July and a contractor selected by
The project is the first redesign at the museum since it was expanded in 2003 and will be done in collaboration with the museum, McDonnell said.
"We need some spaces for larger gathering areas, as well as smaller areas contained by trees and bushes," she said. "We really want it to be a compelling wedding of art and nature."
Museum board members hope this is first step toward adding more sculptures, McDonnell said, but that's not part of the current plan. The project may result in moving existing sculptures.
The museum will seek input from its neighbors at a
She hasn't heard residents' opinions on the museum grounds, she said.
"We're just excited to be near enough to these venues that they're looking at us to come help," McCune said.
Design firms from
"It was important to all of us that we look regionally for our designers. We were eager for someone to have real sensitivity to our place and our climate," she said.
Confluence has done work for the
The museum set goals for Confluence that included creating a continuous landscape for art, or a "roofless museum."
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