Kansas City’s new terminal includes a tribute to Charlie Parker

Kansas City, Mo. – Sky high expectations for KCI’s new terminal.

Some details will definitely have tourists looking up at the sky.

Late last month, the crew added an art installation titled “Ornithology.” A dozen larger-than-life birds in the installation hang from the ceiling and are made of alto saxophones.

Artist Willie Cole said the bird is a tribute to Kansas City native Charlie Parker. Parker was a saxophonist and went by the nickname “Yardbird” or “Bird,” so the tribute was fitting. The title of the installation, Ornithology also nods to Parker and his 1946 song of the same name.

The birds were performed in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District with the help of BAC Music, according to Build KCI. The 18th and Vine districts are also known for their music and jazz clubs.

Ornithology is one of many new art installations to be added to the new KCI Terminal before it opens next year.

KCI Airport participates in our city one percent for art program. A city ordinance stipulates that one percent of public development costs be set aside and used for public art.

Build KCI provided the following photos of the project.

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