Art Outdoors – Self-Guided Tour of Public Sculpture

When the leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler, it is a good time to get in your car or jump on your bike and visit various sculptures located across the Quad Cities. I take advantage of the weekly adult clay studio on Monday nights at the Bettendorf Family Museum so I often enjoy the sculptures at Faye’s Field which is just south of the museum.

Quad City Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization, has done a wonderful job of introducing public art to the area through the Public Sculpture Program. Quad City Arts has been coordinating the process of bringing outdoor sculpture to the area for 14 years. Their public sculpture program “allows cities, organizations, or businesses to have the opportunity to lease sculptures for a one-year period. All sculptures are for sale.” The 2017-2018 sculptures are located in Rock Island and Bettendorf.

By visiting the Quad City Arts website, you may access a map of the locations of the various sculptures.  Get your map, bring a lunch, and enjoy the fall weather with a tour of intriguing public sculpture.

Sweet Pea by Nathan Pierce of Cape Girardeau, MO Located at Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf, IA Steel, 2000 lbs., 13′ x 15′ x 10′
Articulating Appurtenance by Matt Moyer of Columbia, MO Located at Longview Park in Rock Island, IL Steel, 9.5′ x 3′ x 4′


Songlines by V. Skip Willits of Camanche, IA Located at Lincoln Park (Genesius Guild Stage) in Rock Island, IL
Iron Rebar, 100 lbs., 7.5′ x 4′ x 4′


Birdman by Donald Horstman of Fenton, MO
Located at Five Points Intersection in Rock Island, IL
Stainless Steel, 75 lbs., 8′ x 4′ x 2′


Flight by Donald Horstman of Fenton, MO
Located at The Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, IA
Stainless Steel, 70 lbs., 8′ x 2′ x 2′


Spring Fling by Donald Horstman Of Fenton, MO
Located At Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf, IA
Stainless Steel, 45 lbs., 8′ x 2′ x 2′


Green Ball by Tom Newport of Cedar Rapids, IA
Located at River’s Edge Business Park In Bettendorf, Stainless Steel, 100 lbs., 7′ x 4′ x 3′


Tipo 1313 by Kevin Trobaugh of O’Fallon, IL
Located At Bettendorf Community Center In Bettendorf, IA
Aluminum, 680 lbs., 12′ x 8′ x 2′


Group Dynamics by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI Located in Faye’s Field in Bettendorf, IA Various metals, 1,600 lbs., 11.5′ x 6.5′ x 6.5′
Note by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI.
Purchased by the City of Rock Island From Last Year’s Program
Located in the District on 2nd Avenue in Downtown Rock Island, IL


It’s Going To Be Okay by Ben Pierce of Cape Girareau, MO Purchased by the City of Bettendorf from Last Year’s Program
Located at Faye’s Field in Bettendorf, IA


1715 Second Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Tel: (309) 793-1213


Office Hours
Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm

Gallery Hours
(Free admission & open to the public)
Mon. by appointment only
Tues. – Fri. 10 am – 5 pm
Sat. 11 am – 5 pm




About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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