Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sprint World Headquarters

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Location:  Sprint World Headquarters, 6200 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 30, 2016

The Sprint World Headquarters is located near the intersection of West 119th Street and Nall Avenue.  The headquarters is actually a campus consisting of 17 buildings and approximately 200 acres.  There are a couple of locations for water features on the campus.  There is also a lot of nicely maintained green area on the campus with many trees and gardens.

The main location is the Town Square, which is about in the middle of the campus.  It starts up top in the town square area in the seating and picnic area.  In that area, there is a pool within a pool.  The inside pool is a sunken area with a waterspout in the middle of it.  The upper pool flows west under the sidewalk to the middle of the five main waterfalls.  As there isn’t enough water flowing out that pool to feed all of the waterfalls, there is obviously a lot of hidden water flowing through the entire feature.  There is a smaller waterfall at each end of the five main falls.  For the one on the south end, up top just to the south is an open pool that flows down to that fall which flows down onto a long stone base and then down into the pool.  Under the north three main falls are more falls with differing rock formations creating different effects.  There is an open archway at the north end of the pool and water flows into there.

To the north of the Town Square is a big outdoor amphitheatre.  At the top of the amphitheatre is a seating area under a pergola.  In the back of this area are tall dark coloured walls that look like they would have water coming out at the top and down to the basins below each wall.  However, these were not running and they were completely dry when I visited.

I also included a picture of the clock tower.

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Swanson Center Fountain

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Location:  Swanson Center, 11413 Ash Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 15, 2014

I was going through my photos and surveys for public art installations and I came across this fountain that I had forgotten about.  This will explain why the Found date is 2014 and the publish date and picture watermark is 2016.

This fountain is near the front entrance of the Swanson Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.  The Swanson Center is just off Town Center Drive in Leawood and is the first side street east of Nall Avenue.

It is a round basin about 10 feet in diameter with a fountain ring inside of it.  The bronze sculpture entitled “Flight” by Kirsten Kokkin sits on top of a small concrete pedestal in the middle of the basin.

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Hallbrook Fountain

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Location:  W 118th Street and Brookwood Avenue, Leawood, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

In the collection of subdivisions surrounding the Hallbrook Country Club is this fountain.  It is in a traffic circle about a block north of West 119th Street and is a few blocks east of the One Nineteen shopping center.

It is a pretty sizable fountain with a stone-rimmed basin, jets in the middle and around the outside.  There are four benches sitting around it, spaced out 90 degrees apart from each other.

When I was out there, there were a couple of ducks checking out the fountain.  It looked like they wanted to go for a swim but weren’t too sure about the fountain parts.  I tried to stay away from them and let them be.  I got a little too close and they started to walk away but hopped back up on the ledge after I backed off.  They were still there when I left.

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Deer Creek Woods Waterfall

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Location:  Deer Creek Woods, W 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

The Shoppes at Deer Creek Woods is an area with shopping, restaurants and various businesses located on the north side of W 135th Street between US-69 and Metcalf Avenue.  The waterfall is located on the northwest quadrant of the intersection of W 135th and Metcalf.  It is essentially a big stone wedge, with the Deer Creek Woods logo on both faces with a waterfall on each side.  It is well landscaped and I am assuming it will have flowers later in the year.

On the opposite side of the intersection is Corbin Park and its large fountain.

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One Nineteen Fountains

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Location:  One Nineteen Shopping Center, W 119th Street and Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

The One Nineteen Shopping Center is catty-corner to the southeast from the Leawood Town Center Plaza.  There are actually three fountains here.  There is a horseshoe-shaped fountain towards the east end in front of the Drunken Fish restaurant then there are two fountains, identical but mirror images of each other, located more in the middle of the shopping center near the Apple Store.

The horseshoe-shaped fountain has nine jets in it and they look like they are meant to all shoot water up to the same height, although one or two were clearly not getting the full height.  The Drunken Fish has outdoor seating in front of the restaurant near this fountain and I was not able to get a straight-on shot from “inside” the horseshoe.

The double fountain has three jets in each pool.

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Poindexter Fountain

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Location:  Poindexter Parking Garage, W 9th Street and Central Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 24, 2016

On the south side of the Poindexter Parking Garage, facing down Central Avenue is this fountain.  The fountain has a couple of levels with the water coming in at the top and working its way down through steel troughs and spouts to a rock lined trough.

There are a couple of representation of animals, one of a bear and the other of a bull.  These came from the facade of a another building in downtown Kansas City that has since been demolished.

The large scultpure on wall above and behind the fountain is called “Rodin Rodannadanna” and is by Donald Lipski.  It is a repeated representation of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and gets lit up at night.

Be aware, DST, the company that owns this property and other properties through downtown, is not too keen about their property being photographed without permission.  A security guard asked me to stop taking pictures.

This was my second time photographing this fountain.  The first time I was here, there was a car parked in front of the fountain and so I was unable to get straight-on photographs.  I was originally going to take a whole set of new pictures for this new post.  However, due to being stopped, I have taken the new pictures I was able to take today and combined them with my old pictures, hence the different dates in the watermarks.  The old pictures are primarily the pictures of the back of the fountain now.

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Travelers Fountain

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Location:  Travelers Insurance, 7465 W 132nd Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

This fountain sits in front of the Travelers Insurance building on W 132nd.  The fountain has three pillars or towers (whatever you want to call them) of different heights made out of what looks to be granite.  Water comes out of the top of each pillar as well as through a ring around the edge of the basin and a jet in the very middle.

This fountain is about 2 blocks south of the Southcreek Business Park and is identical to the fountains located there except with a different colour scheme.  The grey and black of this fountain actually ties into the Travelers building nicely.

There was water coming out of the valve on the building side of the fountain, you can see it in the third picture below) and it was making the area around the fountain very soggy.  I don’t know if this was being done on purpose or not.  It was not like that when I was out there a couple of days ago.

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Prairiefire Fountain

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Location:  Prairiefire, 5661 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

In the Prairiefire shopping area, east of the museum, sits this fountain in front of Pinstripes.  It’s a two-level fountain with four small bubblers in the top level and water flows down into the lower level.  The outdoor dining areas for Pinstripes and Newport Grill are next to the fountain.

In front of the fountain is the sculpture “Leap Rabbit” by Georgia Gerber.

NOTE – The address I listed is for Prairiefire, as listed on their website.  However, if you click the link it shows you Pinstripes’ location.

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Southcreek Business Park Fountains

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Location:  Southcreek Business Park, 7400-7450 W 130th Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 19, 2016

The Southcreek Business Park is in Overland Park.  The address is for the two buildings that surround the fountains and front the pond.  The exact location in the park can be found at W 130th Street and Foster Street, west of Metcalf.

There are two identical fountains along a path between the two buildings.  Each fountain has three pillars or towers (whatever you want to call them) of different heights made out of what looks to be granite and are reddish-brown in colour.  Water comes out of the top of each pillar as well as through a ring around the edge of the basin and a jet in the very middle.  The fountain nearest the pond, in the front of the picture above, had better water pressure than the other one nearest the parking lot as the water was more steady and jetting up higher from the pillars.

The path goes down to the pond.  There are two pond fountains going out there.  I took a picture of each.  Also, near the fountain by the pond is a wood carving of a large bird, a heron perhaps, with a turtle and two frogs at its feet.  It looks like it was carved out of an old tree.

As I finished up my photo taking, I noticed the fountains being reflected in the glass of the building on the north side and was intrigued, so I took photos of the reflections.

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Children’s Fountain – Renovated

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Location:   Children’s Fountain Park, N Oak Trafficway and NE 32nd Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 14, 2016

The Children’s Fountain, like the Volker Fountain, was the recipient of some well-needed repairs and renovations.  The six sculptures of children, by the artist Tom Corbin, were removed and cleaned up while the fountain itself got some repairs and the basin was painted a lighter colour than before and it makes a world of difference in the appearance.  The fountain now seems brighter and happier and it is a sight to see with all the water jets running.

The original post can be found here.

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