At the Celebrate Council Bluffs parade and festivities this weekend, there will be ten “UNsculptures.”
They were designed by area artists in a project sponsored by PACE -- Potawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment.
Danna Kehm, CEO of PACE, says artists from around the region submitted their design ideas for the map pin shaped sculptures, and ten were selected. Kehm says this campaign is in support of Council Bluff’s motto, established in 2016: “Unlike anywhere else. On purpose.”
Kehm says the sculptures include quite a variety of designs. Kirn Middle School students created one using “yarn bombing”, and one was created at the 100th Block Party held in downtown Council Bluffs last fall. She says all of the artists were asked to keep the “unlike anywhere else” theme in mind as they planned their designs.
“Richard Harrison’s – if you look at his – he truly used the 100 block, which is our popular main street here in Council Bluffs, as his inspiration -- using his artistic ability, but also capturing what makes Council Bluffs different from anyplace else. Same thing with Jen McEvoy; she was inspired by the natural elements of our area, and so within her sculpture she used natural materials as well as fossils to decorate her UNsculpture.”
Kehm says the UNsculptures will be located right next to the parade in Bayliss Park this Saturday, the 19th, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. She says PACE will be working with the City of Council Bluffs to determine each UNsculpture’s permanent location.
For more information, the website is paceartsiowa.org, or on Facebook.