Wilderness Hills Shopping Center began development in 2005 adjacent to Lincoln Federal’s Wilderness Hills residential development and Wilderness Ridge. The center was conceived as a “lifestyle” center by Kansas City area architect Henry Klover of Klover Architects. Klover envisioned a town center, walker friendly, main street housing small shops, with adjacent box stores, restaurants and offices.
As development began, the detention pond required for water run-off from the site became a focal point on the southeast corner of 27th & Yankee Hill. The pond site was enhanced to include a fountain, a waterfall feature and natural landscaping featuring large lime stone rock outcroppings, plants and trees.
The round-about at the intersection of S 30th & Crescent Drive was enhanced with a signature art piece. The developers commissioned Lincoln area artist Larry Roots late in 2008 to create a distinctive centerpiece for the shopping center. Mr. Root’s goal for the artwork was “to create impact by maximizing size and height; to create energy and upwards thrust with graceful twist/torque; to contemplate climatic effects visually including, wind, snow, ice, and rain; and to establish permanence and be maintenance free.” Once the limestone terraced and landscaped base was constructed, Mr. Roots placed eighty-four three inch stainless steel tubes artfully within the base. The tubes are lighted by a Color Kenetics LED Lighting System which can be programmed to display hundreds of colors upon the gleaming tubes.