When artist Claes Oldenburg placed Kansas City’s iconic shuttlecock sculptures on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, he imagined giants playing badminton with the museum as the net.
This summer, visitors may feel like giants themselves.
Through Labor Day, the museum (4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo. nelson-atkins.org) is home to the Nelson-Atkins Art Course, a miniature golf course with nine holes inspired by artwork from the museum’s permanent collection.
“We really went for submissions that accentuated unique features of the artwork, that taught us something about it,” says Nelson-Atkins staffer Casey Claps. “We felt it was really important that people would experience the works outside but then could come inside and see how individuals were inspired by them.”