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Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

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Location:  Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 14, 2016

Located next to Theis Park and within sight of the Volker Fountain, this two-acre garden is part of the Kauffman Legacy Park.  Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the garden.  There are four distinct sections and 7,000 plants in the garden.  You can read more about them at the website for Powell Gardens.

There are four water features within the garden.  In the Green Garden, you find the octagonal-shaped pool with fountain in the middle.  It is between the pergola and the Orangery.  I have heard it called the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain before.

Just to the east of the fountain against the east wall of the garden is the Shell Girl.  She stands on a pedestal in a small pool.  Water flows lightly out of the shell she holds in her right hand and falls into the pool below.

In the Parterre Garden, there is a long pool with three sculptures of dancing women created by local artist Tom Corbin.  Water bubbles up at the foot of each woman and there is a jet of water at each end.

It should be noted that shell girl, the fountain and the long pool all line up exactly east to west.  You can stand at shell girl and see all the way to the end of the long pool and you can stand at the end of the long pool and see shell girl with the fountain in between.

In the Secret Garden, there are three jump fountains.  They just look like black, mesh-covered drains and you can hear water running in them.  If you stay and watch, occasionally water will jump up out of the fountains and the jump can be fairly high, I’d guess as high as 6 to 8 feet above ground.  However, there does not seem to be any patterns and there is no noise or action that indicates that water is about to jump.  There may be long pauses in between jumps.  Also, one may jump while the other two remain silent.  So, your photo taking skills may be put to the test trying to photograph these in action.  Until about a month ago, I did not know these jumping fountains were there.  I had walked past the Secret Garden many times not realizing that that was part of the garden and not a storage/maintenance area.  The pictures were gotten on my second attempt to photograph them in action.

This is a new, updated post.  The old post was titled “Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain” but I decided to redo the post for the garden as whole after finding the jumping fountains.  Since they brought the total up to four water features, it seemed more logical to do it that way.

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Kauffman Stadium Water Spectacular

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Location:  Kauffman Stadium, One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 29, 2014

The home of the Kansas City Royals is probably most famous for its fountains (and certainly not the baseball team in recent years).  The Water Spectacular is the largest privately funded fountain in the world at 322 feet wide.  The fountains have various effects and sprays and run before the game and then between the half innings during the game.  As night falls, the lights in the pools are turned on tinting the fountains various colours.

Before the 2009 remodel of the stadium, the fountains were only located behind right field and there was no way for fans to walk near them.  After the remodeling, the fountains and pools made their way behind left field as well.   The remodeling also created the outfield experience where a concourse, a hall of fame, a children’s play area and concession areas were added behind the outfield and allowed fans to get a close-up view of the fountains from behind and the sides.  Fans can now even sit amongst the fountains.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

Located at the south end of Theis Park along Brush Creek facing Volker Boulevard.  From this location, you can see the Nelson-Atkins Museum to the north along with two of the shuttlecocks.

The sculpture in the center is of St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of France, on horseback about to share his coat with the beggar below.  Around the saint and the beggar are an angel sitting, a confused faun and a flying angel.  The artist who created the sculptures had a sense of humor as the seated angel is wearing a wristwatch and the flying angel is holding its flute backwards.

Behind the fountain is the Brush Creek Waterfall which is currently not running.  I am not sure if it is operable or not.  I could swear I read somewhere that it is needed repairs.  Should it get repairs and/or I find it running, I will remove those pictures from this page and create its own page.

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