Kat and I recently decided that we need to get out more. By this we mean take part in more community events. Seeing as how we live in the tri-state area this provides a great deal for us. Every summer Dubuque hosts Art on the River, which provides summer homes for sculptures along the Mississippi River. We thought this would be a prime opportunity to activate our new summer resolution.
Walking along the Mississippi River was quite peaceful, despite the lingering heat at 6pm. The exhibit entrance is at the Grand River Center, which is an amazingly beautiful building in itself. Kat says many weddings and formal events are held here. I can see why! Last night all the artists were in town doing a meet and greet at the GRC and refreshments were available to all visitors. Local beers and wines flooded the place. If only…
Here are a few (a ton) of our favorites from last night’s adventure.
This piece was made out of driftwood. Kat thought the really dark piece of wood in the second photo looked like the tremor tongue from Tremors. Kevin Bacon reference, yes!
This piece is an anchored lily. And it was made in Madison, so you know I loved it.
I can’t quite remember the description of this piece, but we decided it looked a bit alienesque. In a good way.
back of the cornucopia
front of the cornucopia
inside the cornucopia
This piece was in my top two. The artist actually built this on site and it is amazing how he was able to bend the wood pieces. I thought it kind of look like a wigwam from the front.
Okay, so prepare yourself for our favorite piece. If you know the Diedrich family, you’ll know why in a heartbeat (or once you read my explanation). Here he is:
can you guess why it was our favorite?
Well, can ya? Alright. The swing is made from an old tractor’s seat! Yup, a farmer reference.
If you live in the area we would highly recommend visiting the exhibit. It will be around all summer long. For more information visit Art on the River‘s website.
Welding my new birdie sculpture,