Tour one of the largest public art collections in the Midwest in Council Bluffs, where you will travel through parks and over bridges to enjoy a variety of interesting and unique pieces.
The collection in the community is known as the Iowa West Public Art Collection. Various pieces of art can be found throughout the city.
Starting in the downtown area, Bayliss Park is a hub for public art. The park includes a magnificent fountain that creates several water patterns and an impressive light display. Many different art forms reside in the park such as a plaza, performance area, an interactive water feature, veteran’s memorials, and touchable art.
The next stop on the tour is Ed Carpenter’s Gateway sculpture. Light poles, brightly painted red and yellow, stand nearly seven stories high on the 8th street bridge. The crisscrossed, lighted sculpture is an entrance to the city.
Molecule Man is a 50-foot sculpture white sculpture of three men. The human forms are made of punched aluminum plates to mimic the look of a molecule. Artist Jonathan Borofsky constructed the men to replicate the identical, but larger-scale sculpture in Berlin, Germany. Molecule Man sits on the front lawn of the Mid-American Center.
The last stop on the tour is not a sculpture or a painting, but a display of light.
The Great Lawn at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park serves as a canvas for Dan Corson’s Rays. The show is a robotic, choreographed light sequence that beams across the grass nightly, every half hour after sunset. In the summer, the lawn is home to concerts and free movies.
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