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Quad City Arts adds new art to public spaces in June

Atlanta Dawn's mural proposal.
Quad City Arts
Atlanta Dawn's mural proposal.

Residents may notice some new public art installations around the Quad Cities this month.

Quad City Arts Executive Director Kevin Maynard says to be on the lookout for new sculptures outside of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport and the Kone building in Moline.

"I would say that they're different from ones that have typically been in our community in the past, so it really, I think they stand out and I think those particular spots for those were really well chosen with everything in the background."

Those sculptures were made by artist Chris Wubbena. They're part of Quad City Arts' yearly rotating Public Sculpture Program.

“We're Here” by Chris Wubbena is now on display at the Figge Art Museum Plaza.
Chris Wubbena
“We're Here” by Chris Wubbena is now on display at the Figge Art Museum Plaza.

"It's designed in a way that pays an artist a stipend for us or the city or some entity to essentially rent the sculpture for a year."

Recently, the organization broke its record with 30 sculptures being installed around the Quad Cities.

And this month, Arts Alley in Rock Island will get a facelift too.

Atlanta Dawn, a local artist, and Nicole Salgar, a Miami-based artist, are working on two separate murals there. The two artists were chosen, in part, by the community.

"Over 400 artists applied for these two murals, so we narrowed them down to ten, we printed them, all the designs, out and put them at Rozz-Tox, so everybody could come in and we gave them stickers to sticker their favorite mural designs."

The murals are set to wrap up this week.

That project is part of the Rebuild Downtown Rock Island initiative. It also includes adding a decorative walkway, lighting and performance space to Arts Alley.

Maynard says additions like these give the community an economic boost.

"We know that just the nonprofit sector for arts and culture has a $29-million dollar impact in our community annually," he said. "So studies are continuing to show that public art and placemaking and just livability of a city are becoming increasingly more important to people when choosing where to live."

More information about the art mentioned in this story can be found at quadcityarts.com.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.