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Catalyst is a five-armed sculpture which stands at the intersection of 31st Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City. Designed by local artist Matthew Dehaemers and manufactured by A. Zahner Company, this public artwork was completed in 2010 for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).Zahner engineers and craftsmen worked closely with Dehaemers to engineer, fabricate, and install the artwork. As a kinetic sculpture, the design included moving parts which were modeled digitally by Zahner engineers and the in-house design team. Zahner crafted the sculpture from galvanized steel, laser-etched stainless steel, and aluminum.The sculpture’s form is inspired by the root of the Dutch word "Troost," which means to "provide comfort, solace." Its location on Troost Avenue is further informed by the diverse cultural perspectives of the area. Catalyst represents the past, present, and future of the street corner, which once served as the hub of Kansas City life in the early 20th century. Catalyst was Matt Dehaemers’ second collaboration with Zahner. His first collaboration was completed in 2008 and entitled Seven Sentinels.