Two new sculptures were installed outside the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair Community College on Thursday afternoon.
The urns, which are ceramic glazed stoneware, had been sitting in storage in Kansas City when Daum Museum Director Tom Piche was alerted by a Kansas City gallery that the pieces were available to purchase. Benefactors helped to purchase the sculptures, which now flank the front door to the Daum Museum.
Each urn is estimated to weigh one ton and they are each about nine feet tall. They were created in 1984 by artist Arnold Zimmerman, of New York City. Piche said the pieces are from the early part of Zimmerman’s career, and that the artist is best known for his large scale urns.
“We’re excited because ceramics are the main focus of the collection and exhibition program,” Piche said. “It takes it right out front.”
The Daum Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is free and open to the public.