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.
CHRISTOPHER B. BENNETT
A Veteran's Prayer for Eternal Peace, Bronze, 14' tall in 185' x 90' landscaped outdoor chapel, 1994
Christopher B. Bennett is one of Iowa's best known sculptors, and since 1979 has created dozens of public artworks across the state. He was educated at Luther College in Decorah, IA; University of Colorado, Denver; University of Iowa; and the Naguib School of Sculpture in Chicago. He was also selected for the artist exchange program with Kufo, Japan, where he displayed three sculptures and also created a ceramic sculpture of Kufo City's mayor.
In his own words:
My works are primarily human figures and animal wildlife, classically rendered. They emphasize the importance of relationships. Those include wisdom and innocence, family members with each other, children, men and women with each other, and with their country, also, animals in their environment. In order to capture the universality of life, I carefully observe the psyche and physical interactions of my subjects, whether people or wildlife.
About the art:
A Veteran's Prayer for Eternal Peace is "Dedicated to the Chaplaincy Corps of the Military Services established in 1775 by an act of the Continental Congress upon the urgent request of General George Washington and to all people who seek peace through conciliation rather than through weapons of destruction." Commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Christopher Bennett's monumental sculpture is located in front of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. The hands are raised in supplication, centered within encircling benches, and accompanied by depictions of military chaplains and multi-denominational religious symbols.
You can learn more about the sculpture and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation on their website.
Christopher Bennett's website
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