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Kansas City Press

Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO
November 11, 2013

Commissioned Installation for The Polsinelli Law Firm
Artist: Mary Ann Strandell

Mary Ann Strandell, "The Moving Wall" 3D Lenticular Installation


After a long struggle, Plaza Vista is open near the Plaza

Looking east from the ninth-floor terrace off the new Polsinelli board room at Plaza Vista, Russ Welsh was savoring the million-dollar view down 48th Street into the Country Club Plaza.

And on a recent chilly November morning, the law firm’s chairman had reason to celebrate.
After two years of construction, it was finally time to enjoy the crisply modern 10-story office tower, its muted contemporary interior brightened by 150 works of art and pierced by a hickory-trimmed spiral staircase dizzily descending from the eighth floor to the second.
The firm’s 450 local employees recently had completed their move from two buildings. The 132-room Hotel Sorella had just opened on the south side of the Plaza Vista development, and all was ready for the final flourish scheduled for today, the formal opening of Polsinelli’s offices.
“It’s been a long time coming but well worth the wait,” Welsh said.
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The ninth floor also is the visitors lobby, and a 21-foot-long artwork by Mary Ann Strandell of New York titled “The Moving Wall” graces one wall. It’s a multilayer painting that’s one of 150 pieces decorating the building, most of them by Kansas City artists. About a dozen were commissioned for the new building.

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