The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

My friends from Denver came for a surprise visit last weekend, and a visit to Kansas City isn’t complete without taking in the arts (and eating a lot of amazing food). We braved the numbing February weather and spent some time in the Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Park.

I probably have about 100 photos of them, but Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coojse van Bruggen are iconic and I can’t help myself.

Robert Morris's Glass Labyrinth, Nelson Atkins, Kansas City, 1

Robert Morris's Glass Labyrinth, Nelson Atkins, Kansas City, 2

Robert Morris's Glass Labyrinth, Nelson Atkins, Kansas City, 3

Jackii and Jessica were most excited to try out Robert Morris’s Glass Labyrinth, which is much harder to navigate when the glass is very clean. These ladies had it easy.

Roxy Paine, Ferment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

My favorite sculpture in the part is Ferment by Roxy Paine. It looks alive with electricity.

Henry Spencer Moore Bronze Sculpture, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

We stopped by at dusk, which is probably the most beautiful time of day to view Henry Spencer Moore’s bronze sculptures. The bronze glows in the golden hour.

Do you have outdoor art where you live? I love the sculpture park because it is a great place to have a picnic and a wonderful way to get inspired outside of museum hours. I’d love to hear about your favorite open air art too!