There are plenty of things to enjoy about the great outdoors in Iowa. But, in the Main Street Cultural District (MSCD) it is more than just what Mother Nature has to offer, it also includes a walking tour of works of art. This is the 20th year the Ames Public Art Commission’s Neighborhood Sculpture Program has made art more accessible to the entire community by bringing it outside.
“The Ames Public Art Commission is committed to creating a visual and aesthetic environment that incorporates art into the lives of all Ames citizens,” said Heather Johnson, Director for the Octagon Center for the Arts.
When you combine the beauty of the all the spring flowers that are now blooming on Main Street with the unique sculpture art, you have an outdoor oasis right here in downtown Ames! It makes shopping and dining in downtown Ames an experience like none other!
"There are so many things to do in our wonderfully vibrant downtown," said Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of the MSCD. "Adding an outdoor art gallery to the mix makes visiting Ames Main Street even more fabulous!"
Six statues are currently located at various locations in the MSCD. Each of the unique sculptures has a plaque next to it that includes information about the artist and the name of the piece on display.
Duff and Main - A Peculiar Family by Steve Reddell from Peculiar, MO
Main and Clark - Day Blind Stars by Kristin Garnant from Camanche, IA
5th and Clark - Timeswept by Tim Jorgensen of Cedar Falls, IA
Main and Burnett - The Other Extreme by Tim Adams of Webster City, IA
Douglas and Main - Wide Open Mind by Kimber Fiebiger from Minneapolis, MN
Ames Public Library - Meditation - Steven Olszewski from Pinckery, MI
The sculptures are selected each year by a jury of three local artists or Ames residents and will stay in place for about a year.