Davenport RiverCenter Sculpture

Since 2002, Quad City Arts has facilitated the leasing and installation of public sculpture in the Quad Cities. The Downtown Partnership, a division of DavenportOne, saw public art as a way to develop downtown Davenport as a cultural destination, stretching along the Mississippi River at 2nd Street. Home to two museums, art galleries, music venues, restaurants, theatres, businesses, a baseball stadium and special seasonal events, the area has developed into a thriving destination.

The Davenport RiverCenter continues the tradition with the lease of two new sculptures to beautify the RiverCenter grounds. A stainless steel work titled “Comet Tails” by Don Horstman of Fenton, MO, and a rusted steel work titled “Seasonal Celebration” by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI have been installed this week to replace two previously leased sculptures by the same artists.

"Comet Tails" by Donald Horstman “Seasonal Celebration” by Paul Bobrowitz

"Comet Tails" by Donald Horstman

“Seasonal Celebration” by Paul Bobrowitz

City of Rock Island, IL 

The City Of Rock Island has participated in the Public Sculpture program every year since 2007. This year, the Arts Advisory Committee chose three new sculptures. “Collapsing Wormhole,” created by Tommy Riefe of Davenport, IA is made from aluminum, and has been installed in Arts Alley. The rusted steel “Strumming My Life Away,” was installed at the corner of 1st Ave. and 18th Street, near Blue Cat Brew Pub. “Choice, Choices, Choices,” was installed on 2nd Ave., across from Quad City Arts. The latter two sculptures are both created by Paul Bobrowitz, of Colgate, WI.

"Collapsing Wormhole" by Tommy Riefe “Strumming My Life Away" by Paul Bobrowitz “Choice, Choices, Choices” by Paul Bobrowitz

“Collapsing Wormhole” by Tommy Riefe

“Strumming My Life Away" by Paul Bobrowitz

“Choice, Choices, Choices” by Paul Bobrowitz

City of Bettendorf, IA

The city of Bettendorf has utilized the Public Art Program since 2008.

“Tri-Tops,” by Joseph Gagnepain IV of Chicago, IL presides over Faye’s Field on the Learning Campus and “Hope Burns Eternal” by Donald Horstman; Fenton, MO now welcomes visitors to Waterfront Convention Center on State Street.

A 24’ aluminum sculpture titled “Swoop” by Michael Young is installed at Martha’s Point on Riverdrive.

The three new sculptures will be in place through June, 2015.

Crane services were generously donated by Hampton Cranes of Bettendorf.

Through the program, Bettendorf has purchased two sculptures for its’ permanent collection. “Cradle,” by Donald Horstman is proudly displayed in front of the Waterfront Convention Center and “Trajectory” by Jaak Kindberg is currently located on Grant Street. Another sculpture, “Unity,” by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI, was purchased by Hawkeye Paving of Bettendorf and is displayed near City Hall.

"Tri-Tops" by Joseph Gagnepain IV “Hope Burns Eternal” by Donald Horstman "Swoop"

“Tri-Tops,” by Joseph Gagnepain IV

“Hope Burns Eternal” by Donald Horstman

"Swoop" by Michael Young

Purchase Inquiries

All of the sculptures are for sale and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2015. Reproducible images will be emailed by request. To purchase sculptures on display in Bettendorf, call (563)344-4060 or (563)355-4753 and for sculptures in Rock Island, call (309)732-2920. You can also contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director, Quad City Arts, 309-793-1213, x 108.

Artists Proposal Inquiries

Artists wishing to submit proposals for future exhibits may contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at 309-793-1213 X108 or dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com. Artists whose work is selected receive a stipend for the rental of the work for one year.

Lloyd Schoeneman Memorial Sculpture

Lloyd Schoeneman Memorial Sculpture by Stuart Morris in Schwiebert Park in Rock Island 

History

Quad City Arts Public Sculpture Program is the first city to city outdoor public art exhibit in the Quad City area. The exhibits started in the Quad Cities in 2002 with an eight piece exhibit in downtown Davenport. The city saw public art as a way to focus residents and visitors on plans for establishment of cultural corridor stretching along the Mississippi River on 2nd Street. Home to two museums, art galleries, music venues, restaurants, theatres, businesses, a baseball stadium and seasonal special events, the area has developed into a thriving destination. Today, Public Sculpture continues to enhance Downtown Davenport, Rock Island, and Bettendorf. Some of the past years' sculptures were purchased and are now on permanent display in the community.