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Jefferson is on Top of Public Art
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Jefferson is on Top of Public Art

Jefferson is on top of a new public art project

The Mahanay Bell Tower is the highest lookout point in Greene County. Built fifty years ago, the 120-foot-tall landmark includes a working elevator and a glass observatory that give a bird's eye view of beautiful countryside and neighboring towns for miles around. It also offers a unique vantage point to explore unique public art in a place you’d least expect to find it.

In 2015, the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce implemented a community project that showcases art on rooftops in the town square. Currently, two art projects are completed, but many more are planned.

Local artist Stephanie Hammond created the art atop Skeeter Creek Fabricators Art and Antiques, a shop her parents coincidentally own. Her piece, “Renewed Dreams,” is an abstract painting on an aluminum plate that helps protect the building’s roof and keeps the artwork from cracking over time.  

Nicole Bennett-Tuel, another local artist, painted “Wild Woman on the Roof” on her own business, Prairie Blue Creative Arts. Nicole painted a woman with her hair blowing in the wind in a bright white paint on the blacktop roof. The contrast of the paint and simplicity of the painting help make the art easy to see from the tower.

A still unfinished third project will combine four giant squares painted to look like barn quilts, each representing a different part of the community. Homestead Coffee and Bakery, which is located on the south side of the square, will become home to this installation in the spring of 2017.

The only way to view these beautiful works is from the Mahanay Bell Tower that is open daily during the summer. 

Click here for more information about Jefferson.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What an inspired project! Thanks for filling us in!
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