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Since 1999, the Cedar Falls Public Art Committee (CFPAC) has implemented public art projects across the city to enhance and compliment the vibrant cultural scene of the community. These public artworks have become iconic elements of the city’s landscape. 


We've been able to complete the following projects with the help of donations from community members who support art. Tax deductible donations are always welcomed via the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.



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allure
2005, Robert Craig
3rd & Main Streets
"This major sculpture was inspired by Cedar Falls' architecture and landscape, the Cedar River, and the sense of renewal and energy present  along Main Street.  As the title suggests, I designed a sculpture that would  entice by fascination and appeal."


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Drop Leaf Chicken
2004, Scott Wallace
Cedar Falls Public Library
"Drop Leaf Chicken' is intended to reflect American domestic culture. The  sculpture, which exploits scale  relationships, is presented as an amalgam of  embellished forms inspired by the shapes, ornamental qualities, and symbolic  wealth of decorative objects.  Specifically: a decorative chicken, a drop leaf  table, a lace doily, and the shapes often found within wallpaper patterns."
 

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Course
2002, Tom Stancliffe
Cedar Falls City Hall
"The imagery for this relief deals with the geologic landscape and the history  of Cedar Falls.  The geologic  landscape emphasizes the  Cedar River and was  created on the steel through the use of etching  and  burnishing."
 

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Nestled
2001, Gillian Christy
Hearst Sculpture Garden
"It is in 'Nestled' that I explore home and nature.  The branch symbolizes nature, and the spine upholding  everyday life and the many choices and decisions one can make.  Home embodies familiarity, all held  together with the safe supports of family, friends, and community."


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 North Is Up
 2004, Dennis Swanson
 Hearst Sculpture Garden
 Gift given in memory of Isabella & Raymund Swanson.
 "North Is Up' carries the instructions for its placement.  Two  limestone architectural fragments bend the  directions as  they  wrap our globe, then reach longingly for the pole star  and  another world."


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Standing Stone
2004, Marie Camille Truscott Lentsch
Cedar Falls Utilities
"Free standing and sovereign strength celebrate the journey in the life of this glacial erratic granite stone.  'Standing Stone's' strength is both imposing and serene, a tribute to all journeys ancient and new.  Whether seen as a burden or full of the gravity of grace, here rides 'Standing Stone.'"


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Horse and Rider
2002, Jim Benedict
Cedar Falls Visitor Center
"Horse and Rider' is my interpretation of the classic equestrian form. This piece is my first attempt at  creating a three dimensional sculpture with steel and serves as a transition from my more two dimensional works."


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Whisk
2000, Marc Moulton
Hearst Center for the Arts
"Whisk' is a dynamic cyclone touching down at the Hearst Center. With a form similar to swirling winds and  lightning bolts, 'Whisk' imparts action and movement to the front entrance at the Hearst Center."


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Eclipse #5 [Top]                   Hurricane [Bottom]
2002, Rob Lorenson                 2002, Rob Lorenson
Hearst Sculpture Garden          Hearst Sculpture Garden
"In each of these pieces the elements of my work exist in suspended animation.  They are situated as  though to freeze a moment in time in which  they exist effortlessly in space.  The work is constructed of sturdy permanent  materials that allow this to happen but yet is in contradiction to the  impermanent sense of the composition.  The forms have boldness and  exactness that have become hallmarks of my work.  The  circular forms are inspired by cycles within our existence, with the evidence of the inconsistencies of life."


cf_dialogue_002.jpg   Temporal Dialogue
 2002, Bounnak Thammavong
 Hearst Sculpture Garden
 "Marking a Moment' is a form based on the sundial.  The base is a  disc with an inverted cone on top.  'Perpetual Impact' is a  geometric  disc form with an organic squiggle set on top to break  its symmetry  and  imply a direction."


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It's All Relative
2003, Jerry Cowger
2nd & Main Streets
"Life is a moving, growing, and ever-changing pursuit and art reflects that truth perfectly. 'It's All Relative'  is a brief but telling pause that provides a look into, not only the moment a design is conceived in the artist's heart, but the path of perseverance he chose which brought it into being."


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Gateway to the Trails
2000, Bruce White
Peter Melendy Park
"For a period of years I have been engaged in creating both interior and exterior artwork for architectural  and public spaces...I am always excited about opportunities to create large-scale works in unique settings."


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Ebb Tide
2000, Tom Stancliffe
4th & Main Streets
"Ebb Tide' is a response to observations of flora and fauna clinging tenaciously to every available surface in  the warm ocean waters a myriad of life that appears alternately fluid and lush or abrasive and arid as the  tides rise and fall at the whim of the moon."


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Epic
2003, Marc Moulton
Olsens' Park
"Epic is a soaring symbol of action and force, the physical representation of Spirit, Place, and Community.  As a metaphor of an endless river rushing against a timeless earth, it embodies the goals and values of our  community."



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2012, Thelma Weresh
First & Main Streets
Donated to the City of Cedar Falls by the family of Shirley and Gene Blair, this life-size sculpture in front of the Oster Regent Theatre depicts Gene's parents, Merle and Winifred Blair, who bought the theater in 1921 and operated it as a movie theater.