Talking Trees

Karen McCoy with composer Robert Carl

Project commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Kansas City Art Institute, commissioned by the Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2010




Sound and Sight Trumpets for the East River

Brooklyn Artists Waterfront Coalition, Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, New York, 2006

steel, polymerized hydrostone colored with pigments found on site, sealed with tung oil and resins, mounted trumpet:  45”L x 16”dia., tethered trumpet 18”L x 12” dia.

One trumpet mounted on a swivel clamp and another---for children or persons in wheel chairs-- tethered to the railing.



Sighting Stations for the Woodswether Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge: Confluence Station and River's Edge Station

Designed for barricade support system (support system itself designed by bridge engineer), Riverfront Heritage Trail, Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, 2001 -2005

View of bridge interior where artists were asked to design “finials” for each barricade support structure. McCoy framed  diagrams, made by water-jet cutting steel, and penetrated structures with sighting tubes made of galvanized and painted steel, frames - 35 x 44", tubes - 2" diameter x 24" long,  structures - 124" H x 44" W x 24" D.



Tree in Tree

with Matthew Dehaemers and members of the Osage Nation, Kennedy Forest, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004.

Osage Orange sapling planted in charred remains of a red oak tree, dedication ceremony, native wildflower garden, site 17' high x 50' diameter.




with Matthew Dehaemers, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Hartford, IL, 2004

One half ton of Mississippi River water frozen into the form of a dugout canoe,  ears of corn fill canoe which rests on a bed of uprooted corn stalks, canoe 12' L x 2' W x 19.5" D.



Who Discovered Whom?

with Matthew Dehaemers, Portage des Sioux, Missouri, 2004

25 enameled steel signs, each 15 x 35" containing 12 questions, route J into town, 1 mile long.



Turning the Tide

with Melli Hoppe, TURNING THE TIDEThe Falls of the Ohio at Louisville, Kentucky and Clarksville, Indiana, 2003.



Sound Stations

Freight House Project, Kansas City, MO, 1999
a pair of rotating, etched cor ten steel ear trumpets, landscaped area including limestone flagstone paving bearing watermarks laid in the shape of waves that intrude into the adjacent parking area, boulders for standing or sitting, an earthen berm under viaduct, native prairie and imported grasses, and gingko trees.

Each trumpet 3 x 1 x 4' H with a 360 degree rotation, site, approximately 30 x 200'