Main Street Sculpture Project
Location: 100 Block East Main Street
Ottumwa - Past and Present
Caretakers of The Land, Flow of Life, Age of Steam, We Are One, 2021
Daniel Miller’s public art explores histories and relationships to place through a contemporary lens. Ottumwa - Past and Present is an installation of light sculptures by Daniel Miller exploring the iconography of Ottumwa. Each of these four light sculptures symbolically engage the history and future of Ottumwa. Made from layered stainless steel and acrylic the sculptures are activated by light throughout the day.
During the day light hours light plays across the ground stainless steel surfaces. Then in the evening LED Light emerges from within each form made of fabricated stainless steel laminated with clear acrylic. From one angle these sculptures will form recognizable forms that align with the story of Ottumwa. However, when the viewer adjusts their angle by 90 degrees the forms become line abstractions. Read more here.
Location: 200 Block East Main Street
There is Another Alphabet, 2021
The artist was drawn to the majestic views of the Des Moines River flowing through Ottumwa. The river and the parks create so many opportunities for walking, fishing, hunting and boating. Nature has its own language.
Location: 300 Block East Main Street
MetalScapes by S.W. Huffman
I Hear That Train a Comin', 2021
The Steam Locomotive could be experienced by all of our natural senses; from the thunderous rumble of gears, and metal clanging, to the smell of burning coal, glimpses of its gracefulness through the trees as it comes around the curve.
Oh, but to feel it's rhythm.
That's something that can be lost in our history.
Voices of the Bridge, 2021
As a kid, I could be found playing around, on and under a bridge. Floating a toy boat, damming a small stream. In the quiet you can hear the many sounds, (voices of the bridge), given by the wooden deck rumbling as a vehicle drive over it. Or, the buzz of a metal grate decking. Just take time to stop and listen....
Main Street Sculpture Project was made possible by these generous donors
Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
Fahrney Beautification Fund
Wapello County Foundation
Community 1st Credit Union
Casey's General Store