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Downtown Campus now has a new look, thanks to a large sculpture from well- known artist, Rita Blitt. Titled, “Trio” the sculpture measures 26 feet in height and 15 feet wide. It was installed in the Health Center’s Legacy Park Oct. 30th.
“We are truly excited that we have finally become ‘home’ for this piece of art,” said Hilda Fuentes, President and CEO at SURHC. “The work had been in storage in need of some refurbishing, and funding was needed for its relocation and installation. Now, thanks to the generosity of its creator, Ms. Blitt, our campus has a new addition that we know our patients, neighbors and staff will enjoy.”
SURHC’s Downtown Campus, located at 825 Euclid Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, now displays drawings, paintings and a small sculpture by Blitt, throughout its 3 floors. Blitt provided the large outdoor sculpture “Trio” when SURHC moved in to its current building—new at the time–in early 2012; she then also loaned the art displayed within the Health Center.
Rita Blitt is an award winning and internationally known artist, sculptor, painter and filmmaker whose works of art can be found throughout the world. “I am grateful for the opportunity to share my work which hopefully, will bring joy to many people,” Blitt said. Blitt has strong ties to the Kansas City area having attended the Kansas City Art Institute and graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The park is adjacent to the Downtown Campus and features an 1/8 of mile paved walking trail and vegetation native to the area; it’s open to the public and accessible to the community. “Who knows,” said Fuentes, “this could be the beginning of a new ‘art in the park’ development providing patients and residents with a more aesthetic, healing environment while also offering a greater sense of identity to the northeast area of Kansas City.”
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