2012 - 2013 Public Sculpture
Sculpture at The i wireless Center
“Artist Breaking Through” by Omaha sculptor Les Bruning, was installed at The i wireless Center in Moline. The work is made of galvanized steel and depicts an artist having a literal “breakthrough” a bright orange wall. The piece is for sale and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2013. The Moline Foundation, with the cooperation of The i wireless Center, made it possible for Quad City Arts to share this work with the community.
New Sculptures for Bettendorf
"Trajectory" Jaak Kindberg
"Heartstrings" Jerry Cowger
"Exhaling Dissolution" Sarah Deppe
June 27, drivers will notice the sculpture currently at Martha’s Point
IA, disappear and a new sculpture take its place. “Heartstrings” by Jerry Cowger of Waterloo, IA will replace “Seaspray” by Donald Horstman of
Fenton, MO. On the same day, “Prayer Torso” by Skip Willits of Camanche,
IA will be replaced with “Trajectory” by Jaak Kindberg of Greenwood, AR
in front of the Waterfront Convention Center. On Friday, June 29, a
large scale sculpture called “Exhaling Dissolution,” by Sarah Deppe of
Maquoketa, IA will be installed, compliments of Hampton Cranes, in
Faye’s Field, the new park on the Learning Campus. The three new
sculptures will be in place through June, 2013.
The city of Bettendorf has utilized the Public Sculpture Program since 2008.Through the program, Bettendorf has purchased one sculpture for its permanent collection entitled “Cradle” by Donald Horstman of Fenton, MO at the Waterfront Convention Center. 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.
Rock Island, IL
Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District is leasing “No Strings Attached” and “Pollywiggle and Strands” for a second year. They will remain on display through June 2013.Each piece is located in the vibrant historic downtown, within a block of Schwiebert Park on the riverfront. The sculptures are a complement to the growing number of murals that welcome people to businesses, galleries, shops, loft apartments and river view condos. They are a vital component of the city’s strategic plan to include the creation, performance, sale and public display of art.
Paul Bobrowitz - "No Strings Attached"
$32,000 (Stainless Steel) - The artist states, “This abstract fiddle/person started out as two eight foot diameter tank heads reshaped to my vision of a person of the musical persuasion.”
Bounnak Thamavong - "Pollywiggle and Strands"
$10,000 (Corten Steel/Stainless Steel) Each section: 60” diameter x 96” high. Pollywiggle and Strands is an abstract visual metaphor for two farmers in a conversation; one who loves shiny new machines of modern agriculture; the other woven baskets of the third world; both in touch with the earth.
Artists Proposal Inquiries
Artists wishing to submit proposals for future exhibits may contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at 309-793-1213 X108 or email@example.com. Artists whose work is selected receive a stipend for the rental of the work for one year.
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.