Sunday, July 29, 2018

What Would The Sioux Think?

This sculpture, on the 24th Street Bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa, spans Interstate 80. 

Every time I drive through here I think, "What the hell is that??"  I call it "that Edward Scissorhands thing" because that's what it reminds me of.

The Iowa West Foundation paid $3 million for the sculpture.  It's called "The Odyssey" and it's supposed to be a tribute to western Iowa's agricultural history.  Its presence has elicited many reactions, including more than one person getting into an accident because they were distracted by it. 

The artist who created it - Albert Paley - is known for his large-scale works.  "Notable examples of his work are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, and a ceremonial archway in Forest Park for the Saint Louis Zoo. Works by Paley can also be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and others throughout the world."

Paley said of the sculpture:  "Y
ou’re not going to see this anywhere else. It’s a ceremonial gateway, a sense of place and an entrance to Iowa that reflects grandeur and symbolism. It is a  place with an incredible sense of the land and of nature - with the play of sun, wind, and shadows.”
Uh, okay.  Still not gettin' the agriculture connection, though.  

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360 Degrees Of Blue Sky

2016: Sunlit Trees
2015: Kitchen Troubadour
2014: The Earth Is 75% Water. Grab A Fork.
2013: Reflection On The Island
2012: Sprinkled
2011: Prized Good Luck Piece
2010: Summer In The City
2009: I Should Get A Job Working The Pole At A Boy Scout Camp
2008: The Flavor Of Life
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Again??? But You Just Got Off The Phone With Her!
2005: A Cow’s Opinion

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