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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art creates interactive art-inspired mini golf

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri has created an interactive art-inspired mini golf course located in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

‘Art Course’ features nine hole designs with a fresh interpretation of works of art in the museum’s permanent collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, Wayne Thiebaud, and Vasily Kandinsky.

The holes were selected from 75 proposals submitted by students, architects, designers, and more. The museum partnered with A to Z Theatrical Supply and Service to fabricate each design.

Here’s what art fans can see at the mini golf course:

Jawbreaker Machine – Inspired by: Wayne Thiebaud, Jawbreaker Machine, 1963
Designer: Lisa Campbell Ernst

Op-Art – Inspired by: Luis Tomasello, Chromoplastic Mural, 2011
Designer: Andrew Wilson

Le Partie d’Artgolf – Inspired by: Edouard Manet, The Croquet Party, 1871
Designer: Richard Farnan

Pedal! – Inspired by: Evelyn Hofer, Girl with Bicycle, Dublin, 1966
Designers: Jacob Hodson & Jesse Crupper

Heaven Putt Hell – Inspired by: Marsden Hartley, Himmel, circa 1914-1915
Designer: Parker Story

Rose with Gray – Inspired by: Vasily Kandinsky, Rose with Gray, 1924
Designer: John Glessner

The Mischievous Dragon – Inspired by: Chinese, Vase, 1426-1435
Designer: Kelly Batcheller-Mummey

Zoomy – Inspired by: Mark Di Suvero, Rumi, 1991
Designer: Brett Payton

Nelson-Atkins Campus – Inspired by: Grounds of the Nelson-Atkins
Designer: Lee Ernst

In the Sculpture Park, there’s also a Terrace Snack Bar for players to refresh, and on Friday nights, visitors can order a picnic dinner to dine al fresco and enjoy live music.

After playing a round, guests can also go on a treasure hunt inside the museum to find the original artworks that inspired the golf course, and learn more about the artists.

‘Art Course’ is open now through Labor Day weekend. The cost per round of golf is $14 for adults and $9 for children aged 4-12. Children aged 3 and under are free.

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The idea behind the new artainment experience is to immerse the viewer in the environment, using interactive tech, props, sets, and an engaging narrative.

Image: Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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