Prairie Engine

Public Art in Iowa

The State of Iowa has a rich art culture that includes many wonderful works of public art. These artworks may be commissioned by the state, by private organizations, or even by generous individuals, and can be found at airports, in hospitals, schools and universities, and even alongside highways! The Daily Palette is happy to feature these works created for the enrichment of our communities and the delight of our visitors.

Prairie Engine, Stainless Steel and self-weathering steel, Two-part piece: 15' x 2' x 10' and 10' x 2' x 2', 2010

Marc Moulton, currently residing in Georgia, has provided many works of public art for Iowa. He "establishes a sense of Place through creating iconic landmarks which are influenced by the community, history, and the landscape of the surround area. He uses lighting to establish mood, serve as navigational markers, and/or to present interactive element for pedestrian enjoyment. A primary goal is to create art that extends beyond its physical boundaries—out and into the surrounding area through projected, reflected, and environmental light." Be sure to follow the link below and visit his website to read more and to see more of his wonderful work!

Prairie Engine was commissioned by the Clive, IA, Public Arts Commission, which has been building a terrific public art collection since 2007! This particular sculpture is located at the corner of NW 86th Street and Swanson Blvd. Incised into the steel are the coordinates of Clive's original railroad station, an important landmark.

In the artist's own words

The deep brown metal of Prairie Engine anchors it to the ground and suggests the richness of the Iowa earth and the steadfastness of its people. Sweeping stainless steel stems reach skyward like flowing prairie grasses. Abstracted cogs and gears stand as symbols for the powerful mechanical movement of locomotives and the determined, hard-working people.

Marc Moulton online

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on March 21, 2017

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