Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 3:48 pm
New public sculptures installed in Rock Island, Moline, Davenport
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Press release submitted byDawn Wohlford-Metallo
WHAT: Quad City Arts Public Sculpture Program
WHERE: Davenport RiverCenter, City of Rock Island, Kone Centre
EXHIBITION DATES: Through June 2014
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.
"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.
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.
All of the sculptures are for sale and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2014. Reproduce-able images will be emailed by request.
Quad City Arts Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Quad City Arts is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108.