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KCPT’s “Art in the Air,” over Patrick Shearn’s ‘Reflecting Motion’ exhibit at Union Station, will premiere on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. central. The documentary will take a look at the inspiration, process and why this 12,000 square-foot display came to Kansas City.

In the making of this piece of art:

  • There are over 13,000 feet of rope.

  • There are 78,000 holographic streamers.

  • It can be anywhere from 18 feet off the ground up to 72 feet.

“We wanted to look into the intersection of engineering and art,” KCPT Creative Arts Producer Brad Austin said. “It’s always…interesting to see how things come together.”

The film follows Poetic Kinetics, Shearn’s production team, as they install the piece outside of Union Station. Through interviews with team members, Shearn and the CEO of Union Station George Guastello, the documentary shows the pieces creation while telling the story behind it.

After its premiere on July 11, “Art in the Air” will reair on July 12 at midnight, 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on KCPT, along with multiple later dates and times. You can find KCPT’s full schedule here. If you can’t catch “Art in the Air” on TV, you can stream it at kcpt.org.


KCPT is a non-profit multimedia organization located in midtown Kansas City. Founded in 1961, KCPT operates four television channels, as well as working with sister brands FlatlandKC, a digital news and culture magazine, and 90.1 The Bridge, a public radio station.

Poetic Kinetics

Founded in 2008, Poetic Kinetics is a large-scale design and installation group led by Patrick Shearn. They are based out of Los Angeles, Cali. and have worked on installations across the U.S. and Europe.

Union Station

Reopened in 1999, Union Station is a non-profit located in downtown Kansas City. They are a historic monument, opened in 1914, which also houses Science City, the H&R Block City Stage Theater and the Regnier Extreme Screen theater, as well as restaurants and shops.

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