Downtown art

New sculptures unveiled Thursday at Second and Des Moines streets

Cameron Mitchell talks about his sculpture that was recently moved to downtown Webster  City from West Twin Park. Mitchell said the sculpture was designed to catch water, which then trickles down through the metal petals.

Art is alive and blossoming in Downtown Webster City, thanks to two new sculptures which have been installed at the corner of Second and Des Moines St.

Members of the Arts R Alive in Webster City committee held the sculpture reveal and reception Thursday night with about 30 people gathering to view the artworks.

Janet Adams welcomed the group and introduced her committee members and Mayor John Hawkins who talked about the importance of art to in the community.

“This is a great opportunity for the city to join with the art group,” he said. “We want to embrace the arts and having them downtown seemed like the obvious thing to do. The more we have downtown, the better off we’ll be.”

On the northwest corner, a tall metal sculpture, entitled “Cascade,” created by Cameron Mitchell of Webster City, is a static function piece. The sculpture is designed to catch rain water and snow, which then trickle down through the piece’s petals.

“In the winter time, it forms wonderful icicles out of every little spot the water comes out,” he said. Mitchell’s artwork was moved to downtown from West Twin Park where it was part of last summer’s Arts R Alive Sculpture event.

The second sculpture, located on the southwest corner, was designed with the help of a focus group. Artist Tim Adams took the group’s ideas and created an aluminum and colorful plexiglass piece designed to represent the waters of the Boone River and the area’s rich agricultural heritage. The centerpiece of the sculpture is a curved section which spins when the wind catches it.

“The plexiglass has been my favorite material to use because it pulls color out instantly,” he said.

Following the unveiling, those attending moved to Mornin’ Glory Coffee Shop for refreshments and live music.

Arts R Alive will host its 8th anniversary sculpture event in West Twin Park on Aug. 1-2. Street painting on Seneca Street will begin July 28.

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