31st and Troost MAX Bus Public Art

Public Art at 31st and Troost at the new MAX bus stop

A few weeks ago I spotted new public art installations at at least two locations along the new Troost MAX bus line that started running at the new year. This one, completed, is located at 31st and Troost, same site as the anticipated Troost Festival every year in May and across the street from Operation Breakthrough headquarters. There is another MAX bus stop public art installation down the road eight blocks at 39th and Troost that’s not quite completed yet.

While prepping for my photo here I could see what a transit terminus this intersection of 31st and Troost really is during the rush hour. It was around 5:30pm and at a point there were KCATA buses at all four sides of the intersection.

New public art installations around the city are always fun and interesting to nab photos of.

– January 18, 2011, about 5:45 pm –

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West Bottoms Railroad

A West Bottoms Rail Crossing

This is the kind of thing you could call street furniture. It makes a street more interesting and it serves a use, in this case keeping people from being ruined by passing trains. And it looks better than having nothing there at all. Two Sundays ago I was in the West Bottoms and took this shot prior to Saturday’s 12th St. Bridge photo. Also, One Kansas City Place and the Town Pavillion tower, KC’s two tallest, are visible in the back.

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Twelfth Street Bridge Imposing

12th Street Bridge Architecture

Last Sunday in the West Bottoms I thought it would be fun to try and see about bringing out the 12th Street Bridge meanness while a train passed beneath.

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Sunset In The Link, Pt 3

North on Main in The Link

This is the first of the three photos I bothered editing from inside The Link on Sunday evening, and the final one I’m posting for now. The last time I had been inside The Link for photos back in October, this section where the main part of downtown is viewable was closed off due to some kind of maintenance work. I’d gotten in here this time with the intent to utilize my oft-used standard wide angle lens (Canon 16-35 L II), but ended up trying the fisheye while waiting for the lighting to get good and decided fisheye was the way to go. Magnified in real close on my monitor you can make out the “Go Chiefs” display emblazoned with an electronic Arrowhead on the front of the downtown Marriott.

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Sunset In The Link Pt. 2

Looking South In The Link

From my Sunday evening around sunset inside The Link tunnel between Crown Center and Union Station at Pershing and Main. This shot was rather unintentional, as after I finished taking tomorrow’s photo posting, I went on my way to get situated to take the one I posted back on Tuesday. But in between those two I stopped for this one and was lucky enough to do it at a time with low enough foot traffic through there so as not to mess it up, as I was gathering several manually bracketed source images from the camera for eventual HDR/tone-mapping on the computer.

I thought it odd what’s seen in the left windows, which doesn’t at all look like what is actually out there, I see now because of the floor reflecting in that left hand glass. I had kind of thought the result was sort of similar to THIS PHOTO, although in that one from last summer the whole intent was for there to be a light duplication on one side from the other. Here it’s more a particle physics issue with how the photons behave, I guess. It was accidental and I didn’t even notice it until I was processing the photo on my computer. What you’d normally see out of the left window is the Westin Crown Center Hotel building.

Plus I thought this shot makes it kind of look like you’re in a tunnel and they’re coming to get you.

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