- This probably beats your office view.
Your keyboard keys will never sound as sweet, the view couldn't get much better and even the guy on a Bluetooth headset won't be nearly as annoying. That's because you'll be rocking in a hammock at "Float,
" artist Jarrett Mellenbruch's newly installed exhibition on the lawn in front of the Kansas City Convention Center's Grand Ballroom at 16th Street between Central and Wyandotte.
This post was composed on the lawn and the hammock. (If you haven't been on one in a while, they're not as easy to get into as you might remember. Although, to be fair, that's half the entertainment value of the exhibition.) I had every expectation of typing on the hammock - the hammock had different expectations. While the convention center's public Internet connection is spotty, the relative quiet on a sunny morning makes waiting for a Web page to load pleasant.
- At 11 a.m., you could have any hammock you wanted.
There are 12 hammocks arranged in four rows of three or three rows of four, depending on your orientation. Each of the hammocks is built to hold two people (and that's two Kansas City people of 450 pounds, prior to the "Not So Big Kansas City" weight loss challenge). Mellenbruch's installation is meant to bring people together and strip away some of the barriers that city dwellers naturally erect. Indeed, it's hard to be serious when your feet are suddenly above your hand as the downtown skyline swings past.
So get your laptop or, better yet, leave it at your desk. The exhibition, part of the Kansas City Municipal Art Council's 2012 Avenue of the Arts, will be up through September 30.
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