Located on the western edge of Iowa, Pottawattamie County encompasses 15 communities and is the state’s largest county by land area with a robust hiking and biking trail network. To create a truly world-class trail system, Pottawattamie County is exploring ways in which public artworks and artistic expression can be incorporated into the trails.
In this effort, PACE and partners are commissioning a public arts installation on a newly constructed bridge on the trail system through an initiative called artFITS (Art on the Frontier Iowa Trails System). This bridge installation will serve both function and beauty, as the site will be a recreational destination for hikers to connect with the outdoors and local arts community. As Pottawattamie County currently ranks 91 of 99 in terms of health outcomes in the state, these trails not only highlight the area's natural beauty but encourage healthy lifestyles for our citizens.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
PACE is currently accepting proposals for artistic installations on/or nearby the bridge for embellishment, beautification and a reinforcement of the concepts expressed below. Proposals can include graphic and/or mural artwork produced directly on the structure or sculptural works flanking or nearby the bridge that do not interfere with its structural integrity.
POTENTIAL CONCEPTS & THEMES:
- Health & Recreation
- Environmentalism & Sustainability
- History & Heritage
- Abstract Beauty & Placemaking
- Art & Community
POTENTIAL MEDIA & FORMS:
- Sculpture(s) / Forms Flanking Bridge
- Solar Lights & Technology
- Graphic Interventions on Structure - i.e. paint, murals, etc.
Council Bluffs, IA
The UN Sculpture Project, led by PACE in partnership with the city of Council Bluffs and funded by Ted & Polly Hoff and the Iowa West Foundation, will place 10 sculptures throughout Council Bluffs to illustrate how Council Bluffs is "Unlike anywhere else. On purpose."
The UN sculptures will find semi-permanent homes throughout the community marking "points of interest" in Council Bluffs. Stay tuned for community locations!
In 2020, a special event will take place at the new Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center to auction off the sculptures, raising funds for youth scholarships for art camps and classes.