The De Soto Arts in Public Places program is a collaboration between the De Soto Arts Council and the City of De Soto that helps build the overall identity of the city, activate public spaces, and connect people to the community.
Permanent Sculpture Exhibits
Sculptures are selected and purchased by the City Council and displayed throughout the community.
"Native Spirit" by Artist Tim Mispagel
Location: City Hall
"Native Spirit" is composed of hundreds of individually cut steel rings and steel rods that were welded together into the figurative sculpture. The artist’s intent with this piece was to invoke a sense of optimism and forward progress in the viewer.
"Homage to Braque," "Posing Pony," and "Retrospective"
Artist Butch Murphy
Location: Intersection of 83rd & Kill Creek Rd
Sculpture #1: Homage to Braque #1, emphasizes natural contours and motion by using up to four layers of geometrics.
Sculpture #2: Posing Pony, provides empty spaces to allow the viewer to fill in with their own imagination. By chemically rusting the horse, the resulting patina is more colorful than rust from the natural environment.
Sculpture #3:Retrospective, intentionally flat in all dimensions, with layered triangles, suggests the horse is cautiously surveying its past before moving on.
Arenas of Histrionics and Humor
Artist Fran Kapono-Kuzila
Location: Community Center
This theatre-inspired painted heart was part of the 2023 Kansas City Parade of Hearts, which is a public art experience that celebrates art while raising money to support local nonprofits.
After the initial Summer showing, Panasonic Energy purchased and donated the heart to the city; as a symbol of community, we’ve placed it center stage in front of the Community Center.
Rotating Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Sculptures are selected and displayed throughout De Soto for a period of one year.
The sculptures are on loan for a stipend amount from artists throughout the country. The current 2023 outdoor sculptures on display were recommended by members of the De Soto Arts Council and approved by the De Soto City Council.
"Seeds of Growth" by Artist Chelsy Walker
Location: City Hall
“She is crowned with the seeds of her love. The wind will take them outward, beyond her reach, but not beyond her influence. Perhaps, like her, your tiny acts of selflessness are seeds. Out of small and simple things come great things. Each seed has the potential to grow a thousand more.”
“Seeds of Growth” raises questions about the power of kindness, the worth of personal sacrifice, the circle of life, and our relationship to those who have gone before us. This sculpture alludes to Mother Earth and the divinity within all of us.”
In her submission, Chelsy said,
"The sculpture I am submitting to the City of De Soto is called Seeds of Growth and is a work that does just that. Anyone who lives in or visits DeSoto feels a sense of family everywhere they go—even in the quiet of the open prairie. And because De Soto is adding to its family in a major way, the community needs a sculpture that celebrates both endings and beginnings and the comradery we feel as we participate in change together.”
The annual calls for artists are held in the spring of each year. For more information or to be notified of future opportunities regarding the Arts in Public Places program, call Brandon Mills, Assistant City Administrator, at 913-586-5250.