At our January board meeting, KCU unveiled a new sculpture by world-renowned local metal fabricator, A. Zahner Co. The piece, which was installed in conjunction with improvements to the exterior of the Academic Center, is located on the southwest wall facing the prominent intersection of The Paseo and Independence Avenue. Nearly 17 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the structure creates a unique icon for KCU's campus and reinforces the University's continued commitment as an anchor in Kansas City's Northeast neighborhood.
The sculpture is fabricated from stainless steel having a purple light-interference coating and distinctive brushed patterns. The three-dimensional artwork embodies the University's recent rebranding, which features the staff of Asclepius (the serpent-entwined rod associated with medicine and healing originating in Greek mythology) and laurel leaves (representing education and wisdom in academia). Additionally, fiber-optic lighting was designed and installed to create a distinct color-rendering effect in the evening hours.