It is not often that visitors to a town or city are encouraged by locals to walk down an alley. In Ottumwa, it's an absolute must…like a walking art gallery.
The “alley” located between Main St. and Second St. serves as the cornerstone for a large and unique array of street art that graces downtown Ottumwa. Sculptures, murals, and even interactive digital art from both local and national artists.
Among the alley murals is a large piece by Brad Covington in beautiful earth tones that covers almost the entire building façade, a quilt pattern mural depicting handprints and even a mural in bright primary colors made from bottle caps.
There are also several sculptures and interactive pieces, including the Rain Hopper by Robert Tully (2017). Located across from the world famous Canteen, the Rain Hopper serves as a functional rainwater conveyance system that reveals and celebrates the movement of water through the urban landscape.
Recently unveiled is a projection art piece that celebrates the different cultures that live in Ottumwa and the importance of a diverse community. It features over 60 community members.
Holly Berg, President of the Ottumwa Area Arts Council said, “I really think the art downtown makes us stand out for a community of our size and attracts visitors and locals alike”.
Visitors can enjoy Ottumwa’s street art on their own or join in the 10th Annual Walk on Art Street September 15th.
Image credit: Main Street Ottumwa