A work of art created by the late Maquoketa Valley Schools art instructor Mike Seibert will be dedicated Saturday, July 27 celebrating the community’s involvement in the Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative.
The dedication of “Jump In,” will take place at 4 p.m. in the Delhi City Park as part of the city’s Delhi Daze celebration. The steel archway will be a welcoming gateway into the city park, featuring adults and children participating in water recreation. Those familiar with Delhi will notice local themes, such as the Maquoketa Valley School logo on one of the children’s t-shirts.
The Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative is an effort to expand local art experiences and opportunities in byway corridors, creating 16 public art installations across Iowa. Together, the 16 public art pieces will create a body of art that epitomizes the culture and character of small Iowa communities along Iowa’s scenic byways.
The Delhi project would not have come to fruition without generous contributions and support from Edwin Geers (in memory of Sally Guthrie), Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC & D), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Byways of Iowa Foundation, Casey’s General Stores, the Iowa Arts Council (a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs), Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway, the City of Manchester, and volunteers that participated on local art advisory committees in both communities.
Mallory Hanson, project coordinator with RC & D, said, “We are excited to have all of these public art pieces installed across the state to not only feature the unique character of the communities they are in but also to draw visitors from across the country to travel Iowa’s Byways to experience art in our small, rural Iowa communities.”