Leadership Notes

Creating A Sense of Place with Public Art

May 22, 2013

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By Pete Tulipana

This month Iowa West Public Art has been featured in Sculpture, an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture. The article provides a great overview of the collection, which began with the 2007 installation in Bayliss Park of Wellspring and Occulus by Brower Hatcher.

On May 25, 2013, the newest addition to the collection will make its public debut during the opening celebration of Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. Rays by Dan Corson is an eight-minute interactive lighting environment that uses the five-acre Great Lawn as a canvas.

Looking ahead, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park will also become home to a 65-foot-tall sculpture by Mark di Suvero.  The sculpture will be painted with di Suvero’s signature “International Orange” color and will feature a kinetic piece at the top.

We are also looking forward to our new Local Arts Initiative. It embraces two primary components: citizen involvement in the selection of the art and partnering with local and regional artists. The first project, “Art in the Park” centers around new signage for local parks that includes artwork and reflects the high quality of the local parks and trails system.

I believe that public art is an important part of the community. It creates energy and allows for a sense of place that nothing else does. Even more importantly, it invites conversation. Let us know what you think of the new Rays interactive lighting environment at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park!


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Pete Tulipana, President, and CEO

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