Community invited to reception for public artwork near police headquarters

photo by: Rochelle Valverde/Journal-World

The art installation "Through Other Eyes" is pictured Wednesday, June 29, 2022, near Lawrence's police headquarters, 5100 Overland Drive. The light sculpture at the center of the pavilion includes cut-out patterns that project images onto the ground.

The City of Lawrence is inviting the public to a reception next month celebrating the new public artwork near the Lawrence Police Department headquarters.

The artist who created the piece “Through Other Eyes,” Joe O’Connell of Creative Machines, will attend the reception between LPD headquarters, 5100 Overland Drive, and the adjacent park trailhead.

The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in front of the artwork. Brief remarks by O’Connell and others will begin around 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available, according to a news release from the city.

O’Connell, will also give away approximately 50 colorful small glass spheres, as featured in the artwork, so attendees can bring a piece of the artwork home with them.

The artwork was commissioned through a competitive process as part of the city’s public art program. Its budget of $325,000 represented approximately 1.76% of the $18.5 million total project budget for the new police headquarters.


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