Civilian Stories: Waiting To Close–A Latent Sculpture Park (or: A Land Bank and its Discontents)


Front/Space, Civilian Stories, and the Marlborough Community Coalition present Waiting to Close, an installation by metal artist, photographer, and designer Charles Brown, along with photography from Wes Landis and residents from the neighborhoods that form the Marlborough Community Coalition. 

In the summer of 2013, Charles Brown was approved to purchase the vacant lot at 8211 Brooklyn Avenue from the Kansas City Land Bank Auction with the intention of building a public sculpture park. Nearly a year later, Brown is still waiting to close on the land. The pieces, waiting to have a home themselves, have been piling up in Brown’s. Front/Space has offered to store them in the meantime and advocate for the park.

Charles Brown is a metal artist, photographer and designer who founded PK Steel Designs LLC in 2005. Charles has designed pieces for Leedy-Voulkos, H&R Block, Sprint, The Filling Station, and many homes and business in KC and the US. He was commissioned to design Troost-specific shirts for Communities Creating Opportunities. He did the same for the Marlborough Community Coalition and ran the first Marlborough Photo Contest.

Waiting to Close is part of the Civilian Exhibition Series at Front/Space, a prelude to the release of The Civilian, a journal for art, literature, and civics. Throughout spring and summer, Front/Space will continue to host this series of exhibitions critical to accounting for the forces that characterize the relationships between art, literature, government, and the public.

Following the opening, Front/Space will be open every Sunday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM or by appointment._DSC0514

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