Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

For the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Zahner worked with Kyu Sung Woo Architects to create interior architectural metalwork and design elements, as well as a unique permanent art installation by Leo Villareal entitled Microcosm

The scope of work included a perforated metal ceiling and interior facade for the building's atrium; stainless steel interior panels for the building's entrances; custom stainless steel service desk; and the stainless steel and LED kinetic art display for the buildings Southeast entrance.

Zahner worked with both the artist and the architect to bring these various metal details to life.

One of the Museum’s most iconic works,” 

Bruce Hartman Executive Director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Microcosm at the Nerman Museum

In 2006, while the new building was in design development, Johnson County Community College commissioned a major, site-specific installation by Leo Villareal for the cantilever of the museum’s entrance. “The resulting piece, Microcosm, is now one of the museum’s most iconic works,” stated Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. “Leo Villareal’s survey exhibition will be a dazzling and extraordinary experience for our entire community.”

Zahner worked with the artist to develop the exterior soffit and lighting. Under the guidance of Villareal, Zahner engineering technicians installed the LED light system as part of the stainless steel ceiling. The artwork is installed at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas.

“He not only gives viewers the sensory thrill of his ever-changing displays of light: he also creates a participatory social space that is fascinatingly both relaxed and spectacular.” — Susan Krane Oshman,  Executive Director of the San Jose Museum of Art.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Photo of the kinetic light and soffit system developed for the Nerman Museum of  ContemporaryArt.
Photo of the kinetic light and soffit system developed for the Nerman Museum of ContemporaryArt.

In addition to the artwork, Zahner provided the 

Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interior metalwork for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Graphic showing the perforated ceiling system for the Graphic showing the perforated ceiling system for the Nerman Museum of Art.
Graphic showing the perforated ceiling system for the Graphic showing the perforated ceiling system for the Nerman Museum of Art.
Atrium for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Atrium for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Detail of the perforated metal angle panels
Detail of the perforated metal angle panels
Detail of the argyle shadows cast by folded metal with perforations.
Detail of the argyle shadows cast by folded metal with perforations.
Photos of the kinetic light and soffit system developed for the Nerman Museum of Art.
Photos of the kinetic light and soffit system developed for the Nerman Museum of Art.
Custom stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Custom stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Detail of the stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Detail of the stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Detail of the stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Detail of the stainless steel reception desk for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art