Jazz-inspired sculpture at busy Overland Park intersection may be moved to avoid damage

Shim Sham Shimmy

The "Shim Sham Shimmy" by sculptor David Stromeyer has stood at the intersection of 119th Street and Blue Valley Parkway since 2007, but city officials have proposed moving it to a less traveled area because of corrosion and damage caused by road salts put down in wintertime. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Constant exposure to road chemicals at the busy junction of 119th Street and Blue Valley Parkway has become such a threat to a blue steel sculpture there that Overland Park officials are deciding whether to move it.

The piece known as “Shim Sham Shimmy” by sculptor David Stromeyer, has been degrading steadily since it was installed in 2007. The problem has become concerning enough that city officials proposed its possible move and replacement be included in the upcoming capital improvements budget.