One Sun/34 Moons

This reflecting pool on the north plaza of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was created by the artist Walter DeMaria, working in collaboration with the architect Steven Holl. They created the commissioned, site-specific piece during a 30-month period (April 2001-October 2002). The Northwest corner of the Sun touches the center of the pool and rises from 10 inches at its east and west sides to a height of 17 inches at its center. The sun is surrounded by 34 moons, asymmetrically placed, that are also skylights allowing natural light into the underground parking facility below.


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO


Walter DeMaria (artist), Steven Holl (architect)




Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The gold-leaf sun shines during the day, constantly reflecting the actual sunlight and clouds overhead. At night, the moons are illuminated from below. Through these effects, the large-scale artwork takes on the cycles of day and night. Acquired through the generosity of the Hall Family Foundation.

The above picture is used by permission from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The photograph was taken by Jamison Miller and the copyright is owned by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.