"The Other Extreme" Appears in Bettendorf

Jul 10, 2018

A splash of color has just appeared outside the Waterfront Convention Center in downtown Bettendorf. Tuesday Quad City Arts dedicated the newest artwork in its Public Sculpture Program.

Made of steel, it's a nearly six foot tall sun, with the rays from the sun spray-painted different colors, and a large rock in the middle.

Artist Tim Adams calls it "The Other Extreme."

A balloon release to celebrate the dedication of his sculpture. Tim Adams is with city officials, friends, and staff from QC Arts.
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"Basically it's a play on man-made elements like steel, paint, and so on, and natural like our stone. Our natural field stone is kind of the most native element we have here besides our black topsoil. I want to just show the difference in colors between the bright yellows, reds, and pinks, and the more subdued earth tones."

And because it's standing in front of the glass and steel Waterfront Convention Center, he thinks the colors on his sculpture will really stand out and catch people's attention as they drive through downtown Bettendorf.

Adams is a landscape architect in Webster City, Iowa.

"The Other Extreme" is one of 12 works of public art displayed for the next year by Quad City Arts, in Rock Island and Bettendorf.