“BLOOM” by Jan Gaumnitz

2018 Dedication ceremony for Jan Gaumitz' BLOOM outside the Lied Center of Kansas

2018 dedication outside the Lied Center.

The Lied Center commissioned a new piece of visual art for the 25th Anniversary—a physical landmark to memorialize the significant milestone. Local artist Jan Gaumnitz conceptualized and created the nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture that now resides in the circle drive at the main entrance of the Lied Center.

Note from the artist

The seeds of thought for the sculpture “BLOOM” were planted many years ago in my grandmother’s flower garden and in the fields of my farming uncles. There, I observed the cycles of planting seeds, nurturing growth and the season of fruition. The seasons were the clock that guided everyone’s lives.

In choosing “BLOOM” as the theme for a sculpture to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Lied Center, I likened this endeavor of planting to the mission of the Lied Center: planting seeds of discovery, nurturing the development of receptive minds and talent, and the fruition of awareness, self-confidence and commitment to each person’s ability to “bloom” in whatever way is their destiny. I hope that “BLOOM” will be a symbol for aspiring to have beauty around and within us.

In choosing the design and materials for the fabrication of “BLOOM,” I considered the environment that was to be its home—open spaces with challenging winds, visibility from long distances, as well as seasons of sun, rain and snow. Simplicity of design seemed important, as did color, to bring the focus to the front entrance of the Lied Center, in addition to the strength and durability to withstand the elements. Welded sheets of steel seemed to provide the answer to all the requirements, as well as ease of maintenance and receptiveness to color. The location of “BLOOM” in the midst of a Kansas garden is the ideal home.

– Jan Gaumnitz