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Meet the artist: Sculptor will be on hand for downtown unveiling Friday

UPDATE, 8:39 a.m. Friday, June 25: This event has been postponed until July 30 because of anticipated bad weather Friday, the city of Lawrence tweeted. The event will start at the same time — 5:30 p.m. — on Friday, July 30.


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If you’ve been curious about a shiny new twisty metal structure that has appeared near the northwest corner of Eighth and Vermont streets recently, tomorrow is your chance to ask questions about it.

Jacob Burmood, the artist who created “Paradoxical Synapse,” will be in attendance for a Final Friday public unveiling of the piece — which has actually been on display since late February.

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The sculpture “represents synapse between two neurons,” Burmood wrote on Instagram.

Burmood is a University of Kansas alumnus who works out of Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Facebook event page from the City of Lawrence. He’ll be present to speak and answer questions at the unveiling, set for 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Friday (June 25).

“The sculpture pays homage to the unique history of the building and the relationship it now holds for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County,” the event page says.

The sculpture is part of the city’s public art program, which is coordinated by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, according to the event page.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “Paradoxical Synapse” and glimpses at future projects, follow Burmood on Instagram, jacob_burmood_sculpture.

Tom Harper/@lawrencemodern In this photo from Feb. 25, 2021, “Paradoxical Synapse” is lowered onto a base outside Fire Station No. 1 and the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, 745 Vermont St.
Tom Harper/@lawrencemodern “Paradoxical Synapse,” by Jacob Burmood, is pictured on Feb. 25, 2021, just after it was put in place at Eighth and Vermont streets.
Tom Harper/@lawrencemodern “Paradoxical Synapse,” by Jacob Burmood, is pictured on Feb. 25, 2021.
Mackenzie Clark/@mclarknews In this photo from June 22, 2021, summer sun reflects off of “Paradoxical Synapse” at Eighth and Vermont streets.
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