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Critic's choice

Professional sculptor and community members cast their votes on their favorite public pieces

August 10, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Maureen Seamonds and Tim Adams were the big winners at the closing of the second annual public art sculpture event in Webster City. Seamonds' sculpture, titled "Prairie Sentinel" was Buena Vista sculpture professor David Boelter's top pick among the six competing pieces. Tim Adams' "Crossprint" was Boelter's second pick, but it also won the people's choice vote. Boelter's third pick was "Gender USB" by Ahmed Muaz.

Second in public voting was "Trinity in Flight" by Curtis Harrenstein and "Butterfly" by Koryne Carlson came in third. Wine and cheese were served as the public viewed the pieces and final votes were cast on Thursday evening.

Adams, a landscape architect, said his piece and did not have an amorphous, abstract meaning behind it. He did comment on how he enjoys the interplay between the curvature of the fingerprint lines and the rigid cross centerpiece. Adams and Boelter both commented on how the shadow of "Crossprint" adds a new dimension to the piece.

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Buena Vista sculpture professor David Boelter shares his thoughts on the sculptures at the public art event Thursday. His first choice, “Prairie Sentinel,”?sits on the left, with people’s choice “Crossprint”?behind him.

Adams said the sculpture was something fun for him to do outside of his professional welding work that could also sell for a good price.

Boelter said "Prairie Sentinel"?was enhanced by the windy day at West Twin park, as the wings of the sculpture flexed in the breeze. He said the piece was also interesting because it appeared differently at various angles. Boelter also copmlimented the base of the piece.

In addition to his comments about the sculptures, Boelter discussed his experience with sculptures and how he went from painting to sculpting. He said it takes courage to create public art because it is constantly in view for judgement.

"Pieces like these aren't things you can hide away in a closet or show in a gallery from nine to five and then close it up," Boelter said. "But, it's that shared experience of public art that makes these pieces so powerful."

Boelter's top three sculptures will recieve a monetary stipend for their work. Adams' piece will remain at the park for winning the popular vote.



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