City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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Dedication Ceremony for Sculptures

POSTED: July 27, 2015

CONTACT: Jeff Reiter, Economic Development Director, 563-344-4060 or jreiter@bettendorf.org

Since 2002, the Quad City Arts has facilitated the leasing and installation of public sculptures in the Quad Cities. The City of Bettendorf has utilized the program since 2008. The sculptures are an affordable way to beautify the community and allow the city to invest in the arts.

In 2014, Bettendorf leased a sculpture entitled Swoop. With the assistance of Alcoa, the City of Bettendorf purchased the sculpture, which will be permanently located at its current location, Martha’s Point.  Alcoa will pay $9,000 of the $19,250 price.

A dedication ceremony will be held on Monday, August 3 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Robert Gallagher and Manufacturing Director of Alcoa Rob Woodall will be available for comments and to answer questions.  Additionally, members of the staff and Board of Quad City Arts will be on hand for the dedication.

Artist Michael Young created the sculpture Swoop. The work is meant to convey the feeling of the thrill of the dive and the moment a wing just skims the surface and begins its climb back to the sky. The sculpture is a twenty four foot tall windswept work of aluminum, which throws off wisps of sunlight as it catches beams of neon from its internal lighting element.

Swoop will be the sixth permanent sculpture owned by the city.  Other sculptures include Unity at City Hall, Cradle and American Eagle, both located at the Waterfront Convention Center, Heartstrings at Splash Landing, and Ascension located at the Learning Campus.

Also new this year are two temporary sculptures, Puppy Love, artist Gail Chavenell, located at Faye’s Field and Onward located at the Waterfront Convention Center. Both sculptures will be on display through July 2016.