An artistic, public celebration of education; that’s how organizers are describing the plan to install sculptures outside Quincy schools.
Eight sculptures will be displayed outside all five of the new Quincy public elementary schools, as well as Quincy Senior High, the junior high and Quincy Notre Dame.
This comes after a national call for artists this past spring. Now, the sculptures and artists have been finalized, with all the pieces scheduled to be installed by April 2020.
“We’re standing out in front of Baldwin, really famous for aviation and different flight projects, they will get a biplane,” said Arts Quincy Executive Director Laura Sievert. Quincy Senior High School has a blue torch. It should resonate with every school, their themes, their aspirations and really be something every mom wants to take a picture in front of every year.”
The sculptures are possible due to a partnership between Arts Quincy, the schools and the Moorman Foundation.
Students at each school have the opportunity to be a part of the project by designing a medallion that represents their school for a dedication plaque that will be placed at each sculpture. One student’s design will be added to the plaque and will serve as a “crayon rubbing” for a Sculpture Passport which will be available for free on Arts Quincy’s website, which encourages families to visit all of the installations. In addition to the plaques, Arts Quincy is commissioning a sculpture walk app that will give information about each sculpture including interviews with the artists. The app is scheduled to be available in the Spring of 2020.
As future funding becomes available, it is possible that additional artwork installations will be placed in other spaces, including at the remainder of Quincy’s parochial schools and other public locations.
The complete list of sculptures includes:
Quincy Senior High, Artist Dan Perry of Waterloo, IA, “Vault.” Stainless steel and aluminum featuring a lit blue torch and QHS logo.
Quincy Notre Dame, Artist Hilde DeBrune of Cumming, IA, “Reaching for the Sky.” Stainless featuring QND logo and school core principles.
Thomas S. Baldwin, Artist Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC. “Flyers.” Stainless steel student and faculty handprints assembled into a biplane.
Sarah Atwater Denman, Artist Fritz Olsen of Sawyer, MI, “Taking Flight.” Stainless steel featuring birds in flight.
Abbey Fox Rooney, Artist Timothy Jorgensen of Windsor, WI, Untitled at this time. Stainless steel and aluminum featuring 3 large leaf-like pieces stacked with pops of color throughout. Inspired by the school mascot, the Foxes, and the woodland architectural elements.
Col. George J. Iles, Artist Timothy Jorgensen of Windsor, WI, “Red Tails.” Stainless steel featuring an aeronautically inspired design meant to bring to mind the red tailed planes of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Lincoln-Douglas Elementary, Details for this piece, which is inspired by the school’s architectural and thematic elements, are being finalized at this time. More information including a rendering and artist information will be on the Arts Quincy website in about a week.
Quincy Junior High School, Details for this piece, which is inspired by the school’s mascot, the Comet, have not been finalized at this time. More information including a rendering and artist information will be on the Arts Quincy website in about a week.