Australian Artist Creates Sculpture at Linn County Building

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An artist who creates works of art across the world has set up shop in Cedar Rapids.

Australian Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has work featured in countries like New Zealand and Australia. Art lovers can also find his sculptures in several major U.S. cities, including Palm Springs, Denver and Boston.

Now, Dimopoulos is putting the finishing touches on a new sculpture. It sits in front of the newly renovated Jean Axle Linn County Public Service Center.

"You have the two yellows, which are the very dark yellow and the light yellow and you have the green, which actually works well together," Dimopoulos said when referring to the grass and the color of the sculpture.

According to Supervisor Lu Barron, the county sets aside money on every major building project for public art. A commission considered both local and international artists for the Service Center sculpture project.

"We literally had hundreds of artists that applied for this and we narrowed it down. It was a lot of work, but we're very happy with this selection," Barron said.

The sculpture has dozens of yellow rods that stand between 12 and 20 feet tall. Konstantin said the piece is all about nature.

"What I wanted to create was a way to bring the Iowa landscape into the city, and when I think of Iowa I think of wheat fields, the corn fields and the tall grasses. So, it kind of, to me, it was a great idea to have that element here," Dimopoulos said.

The rods are flexible and move with the wind like fields of prairie grass.

"I like the way the bugs sit on it, it's actually quite natural," Dimopoulos said.

Now, the Australian is anxious to share his creation with the community.

"What are the chances someone from Australia would come to Cedar Rapids?" Dimopoulos asked.

After all, it's his first sculpture in all of Iowa, and it's one many will see for a long time at the Linn County building.

"I hope people will enjoy it for many years," Barron said.

County leaders are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Public Service Center on Tuesday night. Konstantin will there to talk about his creation. The building on 2nd Street Southwest recently re-opened after flood waters significantly damaged the building.
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