Two more sculptures expected for Quincy schools

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 5, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 5, 2019 4:14 pm

QUINCY -- Up to two more sculptures will be installed yet this year as part of a partnership bringing public art to eight of Quincy's schools.

Pieces for Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary School and possibly Quincy Notre Dame High School should be in place yet this fall with "everything else after that," Arts Quincy Executive Director Laura Sievert said, and all the preparatory concrete work, "except at the junior high," will be done this fall.

Artist Michael Young's sculpture, "Birds of a Feather," for Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School is finished but is currently on display on a sculpture walk in Peoria and won't be available until April. Pieces for Dr. Abby Fox Rooney Elementary School and Col. George J. Iles Elementary School, both by artist Timothy Jorgensen of Windsor, Wis., should be complete by April, and the piece by Jim Jenkins for Quincy Junior High School also should be finished in the spring.

"When all the sculptures are in, we will do some kind of dedication/unveiling of the whole project," Sievert said.

Plans call for creating an app for a self-guided tour of the all the pieces featuring "statements by each of the artists about the pieces, how it was made and how it relates back to the school," Sievert said.

Each piece also will have a dedication plaque including a medallion, suitable for rubbing and designed by a student at the school. Elizabeth R. Cook designed the medallion for the Quincy High School piece, "Vault" by Waterloo, Iowa, artist Dan Perry, and work by two students, first-grader Noah Gehring and second-grader Valle Tatman, will be combined into the medallion for Fritz Olsen's "Taking Flight" piece at Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary School.

Coming up the design idea wasn't hard, Noah said while watching the sculpture be placed in front of his school. "I love art."