While living in northeast Kansas in the early 1970s, I was asked to build a doll house as a project for Cub Scouts. Instead, I built what I told my parents was a museum of modern art. The plywood building was influenced by a childhood obsession with the formed concrete of Kivett & Myers' Kansas City International Airport. And it was most definitely outings to the contemporary collection at the Nelson-Atkins that influenced the museum's collection of miniature abstracts I painted on scraps of balsa wood and tiny metal sculptures I made using paper clips and string.