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205 E Douglas, 67202 | .30 acres |
Wichita Park & Recreation is partnering with a design firm, art consultant and artists to reimagine Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park in the heart of downtown. The new design will commemorate the life and accomplishments of Lewis. The park will also serve as a secondary entry plaza for the Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Feedback from Lewis’ family, stakeholders, and the community will help shape the final design. It’s expected to include ornamental paving, lighting, interpretative art features, and seating areas to relax, study and gather for special events.
Proposed Park Design
The current art concepts created for this project are the culmination of extensive research and planning by the family of Chester I. Lewis, as well as other stakeholders in the community and the two artists hired for this project. Matthew Mazzotta is a nationally-acclaimed social practice artist from New York who has worked in various communities across the US and abroad. Ellamonique Baccus is a well-known local artist who has created several significant projects in Wichita as well as in her hometown of Chicago. Please note the proposed design may see additional changes during the design process. The image below is conceptual and meant to provide a general idea of how the park may be reconfigured.
Content Examples for Panel Surfaces
Chester Lewis family photo - Dr. Gretchen Eick
Robert K. Nelson, LaDale Winling, Richard Marciano, Nathan Connolly, et a., "Mapping Inequality,"
American Panorama, ed.
Flying Safety Magazine, USAF, September 1955
Artwork, Ellamonique Baccus based on "The Enlightener" newspaper clipping from August 7, 1958. Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum