For the month of February, Downtown Kansas City will be the site of Message Matters, a site-specific light installation by Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister.

Featuring lights installed in key window locations throughout the area, the artwork, titled Message Matters (2015), will fade in and out sending the Morse code message,  “LUV U.” Seeking to transform Downtown into a message of love and community, the work will be on view at night throughout February at eight locations. The installation is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance, which will serve as the hub at 2018 Baltimore Ave.

The artist’s expectation is that Downtown residents and visitors will be able see at least one of the lights sending the Morse code message “LUV U” each night.

Message Matters installation sites:

  • Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Avenue
  • Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut Street
  • Kansas City, Missouri, City Hall, 414 E. 12th Street
  • Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library-Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street
  • Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street
  • Fine Folk, 122 Southwest Boulevard
  • Meers Advertising, 1811 Walnut Street
  • Charlotte Street Foundation/Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th Street

Learn more about the installation and meet Jamie Burmeister on 6:00–8:00 p.m., Friday, February 6 at Mid-America Arts Alliance.

A previous installations of Message Matters occurred at the Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska:

“Message Matters” – Jamie Burmeister – Bemis Center for Contemporary Art from Jamie Burmeister on Vimeo.