2013 - 2014 Public Sculpture

New Sculptures for Bettendorf

The Steps of Machu Picchu by James K. Johnson The Learning Curve Iowa by Zachary Bowman

"The Steps of Machu Picchu" by James K. Johnson

"Learning Curve" by Frederick B. Napoli

"Iowa" by Zachary Bowman

Drivers will notice a new sculpture appearing at Martha’s Point at the intersection of State Street and Riverdrive. “Heartstrings” by Jerry Cowger of Waterloo, which resided at Martha’s Point for the last year, was purchased by the city and moved to Splashlanding. “The Steps of Machu Picchu” by James K. Johnson of Charlton, IL will be on display there, for the next year.

In June “Exhaling Dissolution,” by Sarah Deppe of Maquoketa, IA will be removed from Faye’s Field on the Learning Campus and “Learning Curve” by Frederick B. Napoli of Lake Zurich will be installed.

“Trajectory” by Jaak Kindberg of Greenwood, AR will move to Rock Island and be replaced by “Iowa” by Zachary Bowman of Ankeny, IA in front of the Waterfront Convention Center. The three new sculptures will be in place through June, 2014.

Crane services were generously donated by Hampton Cranes of Bettendorf.

The city of Bettendorf has utilized the Public Sculpture Program since 2008.Through the program, Bettendorf has purchased two sculptures for its permanent collection:“Cradle” by Donald Horstman of Fenton, MO at the Waterfront Convention Center and "Heartstrings" by Jerry Cowger of Waterloo at Splashlanding. Another sculpture, “Unity,” by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI, was purchased by Hawkeye Paving of Bettendorf and is displayed near City Hall.

Bettendorf is one of the state’s fastest growing and most progressive communities. The City’s educational and cultural opportunities include the Bettendorf Public Library Information Center, the Family Museum, the Palmer Hills Golf Course, a skate park, running courses, recreational trails and public boat launch areas. Bettendorf’s economic development is thriving.  A hotel expansion and the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center are two successful ventures.  They are also part of the gaming complex which houses a riverboat casino and the only hotel in Iowa that offers 500 rooms in one location.  The combination of small town living with many big city amenities makes Bettendorf a premier city. The public sculpture program  adds a visually exciting element to this vibrant community.

Davenport RiverCenter Sculpture

Clean Water Brings Life by Lynette Power  Propagation by Donald Horstman  Family Dynamics by Paul Bobrowitz 

"Clean Water Brings Life" by Lynette Powers 

"Propagation" by Donald Horstman 

"Family Dynamics" by Paul Bobrowitz 

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.

This year, the RiverCenter property continues the tradition by extending the leasing on three sculptures to enhance the property inside and out. The bronze sculpture, “Clean Water Brings Life” by Lynette Power of Winona, MN, along with the stainless steel work titled “Propagation” by Don Horstman of Fenton, MO, and a carbon steel work titled “Family Dynamics” by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI will continue to beautify the RiverCenter, while supporting regional artists.

Moline, IL

Blooms by Donald Horstman Red Road Home by V. Skip Willits

"Blooms" by Donald Horstman

"Red Road Home" by V. Skip Willits

“Blooms,” by Missouri sculptor Donald Horstman, and “Red Road Home” by V. Skip Willits of Camanche, IA were installed a year ago at the Kone Centre, Moline, IL, thanks to a grant from the Moline Foundation. Financial District Properties KP, LLC has enjoyed having the sculptures on their property and have agreed to lease them from the artists for another year. 

Rock Island, IL

Trajectory by Jaak Kindberg Soaring by Donald Horstman La Grange Point by V. Skip Willits

"Trajectory" by Jaak Kindberg

"Soaring" by Donald Horstman

"La Grange Point" by V. Skip Willits 

The City Of Rock Island has participated in the Public Sculpture program every year since 2007. This year, they have chosen three new sculptures. “Trajectory,” made from recycled steel and brass, was created by Jaak Kindberg of Greenwood, AR and has been installed in Arts Alley.

“Soaring,” made from bronzed steel and stainless steel, was created by Donald Horstman of Fenton, MO and was installed at the corner of 1st Ave. and 18th Street.

The third sculpture is “La Grange Point,” made of stainless steel, by Vernon (Skip) Willits of Camanche, IA and will be installed on 2nd Ave., across from Quad City Arts.

Purchase Inquiries

All of the sculptures are for sale and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2014. 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 


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.