The KCP&L Crosstown Substation designed by Pendulum with artist Jim Woodfill has won the 2014 EDC Cornerstone Award. The award will be given on May 21st at Union Station in Kansas City. The project features solar panel power system, a kinetic light artwork, and custom perforated and patinated Solanum weathering steel.
The architects at Pendulum developed a synthesizing design which combines elements of public art, architecture, and kinetic motion-based visual arts to create a low-profile barrier wall wrapping the KCP&L Substation. Prior to the new design, the corner of 18th and Locust was deteriorating. KCP&L replaced the wall with a new design, including commissioned artwork, that would reflect the Crossroads' artistic community spirit. .The winning design by Pendulum included a space for the light artist James Woodfill to create a kinetic display. As the sun sets, an animated display of lights takes over: 10,500 color-changing LED lights alternate to create an illusion of motion, powered by 117 solar panels.