Through the leadership and influence of the Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton is becoming a community of art. Two prominent sculptures displayed here, demonstrate the collaboration, commitment and heritage of the community.
Explore this diverse collection of more than 80 installations of two and three-dimensional artwork which include sculptures, bas relief, and murals. Drive, bike, or walk, the community with a map you can download by clicking here.
International Harvester, a.k.a “Harvey”
This sculpture is dedicated to honor the memory of our major benefactor and friend, Ann Krumm. Ann’s influence with the arts will be long felt in our community. This sculpture was sponsored by “friends of Ann Krumm” to acknowledge her support of the arts.
This bronze sculpture was created by Kim Shaklee of Brighton, CO.
Ol’ Lonely Sculpture
Sited and dedicated in June 2007 to symbolize the rich heritage of Newton and the relationship with the Maytag Company. Captured in bronze by local artist Nick Klepinger, this sculpture symbolizes Maytag’s commitment to dependable and quality products. This life-size image graces Maytag Park overlooking the swimming pool. An edition of 113 pewter reproductions are available, which represent the number of years Maytag was in Newton.
“Turning Point”, a bronze sculpture created by Jason Dreweck, was first seen as a tabletop bronze at the Iowa Sculpture Festival in 2008. The action and adventure depicted was a perfect subject for Berg Middle School, the next school site designated for public art. “Turning Point”was selected as the ISF 2008 Community Purchase Award. What followed was a year and a half commitment by Jason to size the smaller image up to a monument size sculpture.As additional fund raising was required to support this project, Iowa Sculpture Festival volunteers worked at a food concession for a season at the Iowa Speedway. Additional support came from ReNew Newton,Rowat Stone and Marble Cutting, Brad and Mary Manatt, Berg Middle School PTA, and Iowa Sculpture Festival volunteers. Jason and his mother, artist Teresa Hansen, both returned to Newton to help raise funds.The ISF mission has been successful in placing 3-D art at all Newton Community schools. The art has become an integral part of learning and enjoyment. “Turning Point” remains one of the most dynamic sculptures in Newton’s extensive public art collection.
“Edna ~ Before Maytag”
A remembrance of Line Drying in the 1930’s
Bronze, by Herman L. Deaton
Herman’s subject for the “Edna” project reflects the life on wash day as with many women around the world. The Maytag Company, established in her hometown of Newton, IA., changed her daily life through the invention of the washing machine. Through his experience as a sculptor, Herman brought a sense of breeze while doing the tedious chore well and with pride for her family. This is not only a personal reflection of many, but a tribute to “Mondays of Old”, the traditional wash day.
Located on the Southwest Corner on the Newton Square.