Internationally renowned sculptor Richard Hunt of Chicago, Illinois has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country. His career as a sculptor began in 1955. Outside the studio, the sculptor’s horizons broaden to the limits of the possible. These possibilities are often realized through the creative interaction of conception of the artist with his patrons. The sculptor’s internal dialogue develops into that which a sculpture sets up with the environment, for which it is created. Public sculpture responds to the dynamics of a community or those in it. It is this aspect of use of utility that gives public sculpture its vital and lively place in the public mind.
Inspired by the modern sculptures of twentieth-century artists, Hunt began to experiment with new techniques, including welding pieces of metal into abstract shapes. He has experimented with a wide range of techniques challenging traditional boundaries. His creations reveal a profound insight into social and political issues.
Hunt was one of the first artists to serve on the National Endowment for the Arts and on boards of the Smithsonian Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.
Richard Hunt was commissioned to create “Growing” for the City of Leawood. He uses geometric forms, like triangles and cylinders, to build the bases of his sculptures. Curved, flowing, natural forms sit on the bases. His goals are to: balance formal elements, such as line, shape and movement; explore ideas about nature, behavior and dreams; combine the tools and technology of today with the shapes and ideas of nature; and let the viewers decide what these shapes resemble.
This piece was originally installed next to City Hall but was relocated to the Sculpture Garden due to the expansion of the Leawood Pioneer Library in 2009.