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Avenue of the Arts goes bananas with final installation

Installation has been completed on a 14-foot papier mache banana on the east wall of the Folly Theatre at 12th and Central streets. The sculpture, entitled “Staying the Course,” is the final piece of artwork to be installed for the 2007 Avenue of the Arts exhibition. The papier mache banana was conceptualized and created by local artists A. Bitterman and Deborah Pettid.

This year's program is administered by the Avenue of the Arts Foundation (360° Architecture and DST Systems Inc.), in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission.

In its eighth year, Avenue of the Arts is an annual summer exhibition of temporary public artwork created by six regional artists. The program provides an opportunity for artists to gain direct experience with the development and installation of art in the public environment. This year's collection includes six site-specific public art installations positioned along Central Street between Ninth and 14th streets. The entire exhibition will remain on display through September.

For more information about the 2007 Avenue of the Arts, visit

Media inquiries about this program should be directed to Sean Demory, Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-0059.

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