Sculptures are currently being put up at West Twin park in Webster City for the second annual Public Art Sculpture Event, according to Mayor Janet Adams who has coordinated the event. Four of the five sculptures are already placed for the event, which begins Monday, and the final one will be put up this weekend.
Community members are invited to vote for their favorite sculpture from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the park. The top-voted piece will receive a people's choice award. Sculpture professor David Boelter of Buena Vista University will be selecting three pieces to be displayed for a year. Adams said the event has expanded this year from a couple days to a four day event.
"Last year, we only had an opening reception. We didn't have nearly the number of events that we have this year," Adams said.
One of the five sculptures competing in the second annual Public Art Sculpture Event in West Twin park. The final will be placed this weekend before the event begins on Monday.
Those events include a reception on Monday with refreshments for artists and attendees. Wednesday night, State Representative Helen Miller of Fort Dodge will give a talk about her "Art in Agriculture" project, with a taco dinner for $2 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night will have cheese, wine and soft drinks for $3 as Boelter judges the sculptures.
Adams said the Webster City Art in Boone River County committee found Boelter after looking for someone of prominence in the sculpture field. Boelter's top three picks will receive a monetary stipend for their efforts.
The Public Art Sculpture event grew from an outgrowth of the pride committee a couple years ago, Adams said. The committee decided they wanted to add more dimensions of public art in the community. Adams said they have had many more inquiries about the event event this year, so she believes it is growing.
"We've had such a tremendous amount of interest and fun with the RAGBRAI event and we had to quickly turn around get involved in the sculpture contest, but I'm very much looking forward to it," Adams said.
In addition to the five sculptures, Adams said the local Rotary club will be making a sculpture made out of canned goods in the form of the Rotary symbol in West Twin park's Rotary garden. Those canned goods will be given to the upper Des Moines opportunity food bank after the sculpture event.