The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art held a community competition for local artists to submit designs for a new installation, Art Course. This mini-golf experience will open in the museum’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park on Memorial Day weekend, and feature nine holes that each represent an interpretation of a work of art in the Museum’s collection.
Long-time BikeWalkKC members and advocates, Jake Hodson and Jesse Crupper, teamed up to design Pedal!, inspired by the Evelyn Hofler photograph, Girl with Bicycle, Dublin, 1966. The museum’s website explains, “Pedal” speaks to the child in all of us. Combining two pastimes of nearly everyone’s youth, the course is sure to inspire golfers to challenge each other. A mounted bicycle will be pedaled so the rear wheel rotates, creating a windmill effect, and the golfer putts the ball through the wheel.”
Their design was chosen as one of the Design competition winners, selected from among dozens of proposals submitted for the Art Course.
Jake and Jesse reached out to us after their design was selected, saying, “Pedal! was inspired by all of the work that BikeWalkKC has done to make KC a bikeable city. We would like to donate our cash prize to help support your work.”
We are honored to be the recipients of Jesse and Jake’s generous contribution, and delighted to see a tangible expression of cycling installed on the venerated lawn of the Nelson-Atkins. Please join us in thanking our friends, Jesse and Jake, and be sure to visit the Art Course when it opens next month!