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Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Nicole Lindquist, Emspace Group
712-256-2086 ext. 221

Council Bluffs Adds to Contemporary Art Collection
in “Big” Way

di Suvero’s “Big Mo” at the Riverfront joins Iowa West Public Art Collection

(Council Bluffs, IA) The latest addition to the Iowa West Public Art collection is a 75’ 8”, “Spacetime Orange” sculpture that goes by the name of “Big Mo.”

Funded by the Iowa West Foundation, recommended by the City Public Art Commission, and approved by the Council Bluffs City Council, the public art piece was announced early last year. Installation along the Riverfront is currently underway near the southeast corner of the Great Lawn of Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park and should wrap up by mid-week.

Designed by internationally-recognized artist Mark di Suvero, “Big Mo” stands on three legs and has two moving pieces on top that rotate in opposite directions. Di Suvero, 81, is often referred to as a pioneer of steel. His works can be found in more than 50 cities throughout the world and in more than 100 museums and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art.

“We wanted something spectacular for this site. With the selection of di Suvero, we bring a very special asset to the community and the region,” said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation. “I’m confident it will serve as further forward momentum for Riverfront development.”

Greater Omaha Chamber President and CEO, David Brown agrees. "This new addition of world-class artwork is another example of Council Bluffs’ commitment to this region and the reactivation of the Riverfront. This is an exciting development as we work together toward energizing and joining our communities."

Bob Mundt, President and CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce added, “This world-class installation is yet another piece in the continued growth and development of the Riverfront and an investment in the future of Council Bluffs.”

Public art has been an important initiative for the Iowa West Foundation since 2004. “Big Mo” is the twelfth installation for Iowa West Public Art that includes “Wellspring,” the Bayliss Park fountain; “Gateway,” located on the viaduct bridge; and “Rays,” the interactive lighting environment on the Great Lawn at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. Each site is carefully selected; here, di Suvero responded to both the natural setting of the park and the impressive architectural design of the nearby Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. His sculpture is the latest addition to what is becoming a major regional attraction.

Council Bluffs Public Arts Commission president Rob Gilmer is enthusiastic about this new installation. “Council Bluffs is an important destination for public art in the United States — art enthusiasts travel from throughout the world to view our collection,” adding “I am very proud of Council Bluffs' public art. The collection is relevant and contains important works from the greatest artists currently working.”   

“The City’s partnership with the Iowa West Foundation has resulted in a spectacular park, a centerpiece for the Riverfront and a home to world-class art. This is a place for the people of Council Bluffs and Omaha to gather, to celebrate and to appreciate what is happening on both sides of the river,” said Matt Walsh, Mayor of Council Bluffs.

The installation process of “Big Mo” can be viewed online at

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