For the past 10 years, Grin City Collective has made its home in the community of Grinnell, Iowa, a vibrant, arts-focused city. Yet very little public art exists in Grinnell's downtown area. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Grin City teamed up with the Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) to commission 4 works of public art for our community.
FOOTPRINTS OF GRINNELL
Tiberiu Chelcea (Ames, IA), tibichelcea.net
Site Location: Brown's Shoe Fit, 937 Main St
A community-based artist, Tiberiu gathered shoeprints from Grinnell community members and Brown's customers to design a two-sided print.
Bounnak Thammavong (Swisher, IA)
Site Location: Relish, 834 Park
A custom-made bench that doubles as a rock-garden planter blends in perfectly with the luscious yard of this Grinnell restaurant.
SEED OF KNOWLEDGE
Stephanie Sailer (Swisher, IA), stephaniesailer.com
Site Location: Drake Community Library, 930 Park St
Expands Drake Community Library's focus on the rural landscape with a large-scale sculpture of a lantern plant or groundcherry.
PINK MILKWORT (Polygala incarnata)
Wilma Wyss (Berkeley, CA), wyssdesign.com
Site Location: Grinnell Arts Center, 926 Broad
The mosaic sculpture represents the flower of a tiny endangered prairie plant native to Poweshiek County.