Exploring Siouxland in Winter, downtown Sioux City

13 Feb

After being snowbound and wanting to avoid below freezing temperatures, I finally exited my home to explore a bit of Siouxland via downtown Sioux City. Previously I had been out for a walk when temperatures were milder and the temps in a reasonable 30 degree range. And it was nice to look at some sculpted art pieces that sit next to the Sioux City Art Center.

Two sculpted art pieces sit outside the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A sculpted piece of art sits outside the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

But this last walk downtown was after a 12 inch snowfall and temperatures that again reached into the teens with overnights near or below zero. A blue, sunny sky added to the Art Center’s sculptures that sit on its grounds. On the overcast day which I later chose to walk about downtown enhanced these less colorful pieces of art that adorn the downtown streets. And in a way the colorless sky and overcast added to the effect of these pieces by helping declutter the background for the most part and let the pieces stand alone to be admired.

jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

2 Responses to “Exploring Siouxland in Winter, downtown Sioux City”

  1. Becky February 13, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    My, I didn’t realize cities have so much art work scattered within their boundaries. Is that a common phenomenon these days in other cities? Being a rural person, I find it quite interesting. Art is something that is not necessarily emphasized as much these days, at least in daily life like I think it may have been in the past. Correct me if I’m amiss in my viewpoint.

    • jerrymennenga February 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Becky,
      I think what you are asking depends on the community and its and its residents’ attitude toward art and the wherewithal to fund it. Some communities like LeMars have wall murals and “ice cream cones” depicting scenes scattered about its downtown area. Woodbine has sculpted pieces sitting around downtown. Cherokee has a few as I think does Denison. Rock Rapids is another community that has many wall murals in its downtown area. Again, I would guess it depends on the town leaders and residents. But art downtown definitely spruces up the surroundings and makes a community more attractive in my opinion.

      Some of those I mentioned above you can check out through previous posts by typing in the community’s name to pull up those particular posts. If there is more than one, sadly, you might have to look through a few to find the ones with the art I am talking about. Enjoy.

      jerry

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