Last Sunday brought us a few inches of unexpected snow in the Kansas City area. Combined with temperatures in the teens, the snow made for good sledding but lousy snowman-making.
Something about this snow was different than typical snow. It wasn't a blizzard, but it wasn't a friendly little flurry either. The snow came down urgently, as if delivered to the wrong place, by mistake. The light shifted throughout the two-hour storm, from cold gray to warm white. Every once in a while, a patch of blue sky appeared and disappeared. The snow and the light slowly combined to redefine the landscape and buildings, providing some welcome visual relief to the grinding dormancy of winter.
On days like this, where the sky throws us a curveball, we like to hustle out to Still Time, the public art project we completed for the City of Merriam last year.
The stone tower was amused by the snowfall, and seemed to be having a good time. The snow provided a temporary acoustic pause in the surrounding traffic, and the chimes cut through the chill wind very clearly. The little bluestem, normally blowing softly in the breeze, rested motionless beneath the white blanket. No cars. No trucks. Aside from a train in the distance, and the laughter of the chimes, the city seemed to be taking an afternoon nap