Fridge Magnet Depiction of Shuttlecock in Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the most distinguished and notable art museums in the world. It is located in Kansas City in Missouri and is best known for its superb neoclassical architectural design and a stunning, elaborate Asian art collection. One of the main highlights of this museum is the shuttlecock installations set up in the gardens in the southern part of the museum. Whenever you get a chance to visit Kansas City, tour the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and on your way back, you could grab a lovely acrylic fridge magnet that displays a view of one of the shuttlecocks in the museum.
Design of the Museum
The Nelson-Atkins Museum is designed by renowned architects of Kansas City, Wight and Wight. They have also designed the mansion of Kansas's governor. The museum is a classic depiction of the Beaux-Arts architectural style and it was inaugurated on 11 December 1933. It contains six floors and is 120 meters by 53 meters, much larger compared to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Charles Keck constructed twenty-three beautiful panels made of limestone on the outer walls of the museum; these panels portrayed the advancement of the civilization from the east to the west.
Shuttlecocks in the Museum
The shuttlecock installations in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the museum. The installations were set up in 1994 and were designed by Coojse van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg. When the shuttlecocks were installed, the museum authorities made an agreement with the artists that the shuttlecocks would repainted after every two years; but this agreement wasn't fulfilled as the constant repainting would result in an upsurge of paint and would destroy the sculptures. Later in 2002, a painting technique using polyurethane, epoxy primer and fluropolymer was invented that did not require the re-painting of the shuttlecocks for at least 15 years.