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Art into Action

An exhibition of aerial photography by artist Alex MacLean, titled Art into Action, will open at The Box Gallery today.

The show features fifteen large photographs of the Kansas City region and a video on loan from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).

Internationally acclaimed artist Alex Maclean is best known for his powerful aerial photographs that document humanity’s footprint on the natural world.  The photographs represent more than an illustration of the Kansas City region — they provide a unique perspective of the relationship between the built environment and the natural landscape.

In the context of this exhibition, MacLean’s art is intended to inform action.  Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs encourage new insight into the many ways that our choices — in urban design, housing, transportation, green space and more — affect our local landscape. 

These photographs are part of a larger exhibit on permanent display at the Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Although the photographs were originally taken in 2002, the artist’s objective endures.

“These photographs provide a tangible connection to MARC’s mission to help the region make the best choices for its future,” stated David Warm, Executive Director of Mid-America Regional Council.  “They demonstrate the relationship of policy decisions to the natural and built environment, offering a compelling perspective on the relationship of the landscape to the quality and character of community life.” 

“We are fortunate to partner with MARC to share these powerful photographs and an important message with our downtown audience,” stated Robin Trafton, gallery director.  “The Box Gallery enjoys providing exhibitions that challenge our visitors to break-out of their daily grind, and find a fresh perspective.”

Art into Action will be on display from March 21 through May 30, 2014.  The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building at 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm.   A lunch-hour opening reception event will be held on Friday, March 21st from 11:30-1:00.  The gallery and the opening event are free, and open to the public.

About Mid America Regional Council

The Mid-America Regional Council, commonly known as MARC, serves as the association of city and county governments for the bistate Greater Kansas City region. MARC promotes regional cooperation and helps community stakeholders develop innovative solutions to advance efficient transportation, a healthy environment, enhanced emergency response capabilities, quality services for vulnerable populations, and effective local government. MARC’s overriding purpose is to bring the community together in a collaborative forum to improve the quality of life for all of the region’s residents.

Earlier Event: February 7
Commerce Bank Employee Art Show 2
Later Event: June 6
Art in the Loop