By Beth Ann Chiles
Even though we are in the midst of the winter cold and winds of North Iowa there are still plenty of things to see and do in and around Mason City. River City Sculptures on Parade are on the top of my “must see” list and with new sculptures being added every year there are always new ones to check out There is just something special about each one of them. I think the work that has gone into getting these sculptures to our city has been magnificent.
Several have been purchased to remain in the city. Probably the biggest joy was seeing one of the more expensive pieces, Circle of Friends by artist Karen Crain, stay in place in front of our Mason City Public Library due to a wonderful donation by a local resident, Kay Sloan.
This year we have new sculptures thanks to this great non-profit group that partners with SculptureOne. Mason City has the exclusive rights to have the presence in the state of Iowa and it is easy to walk the 1.6 mile loop to check out all of the sculptures.
And finally –several shots of what is probably my favorite one at this point. Look and You Will Find It by Kate Christopher sells for $7,500. It is one of the smaller pieces even though my photographs may make it look larger than life. According to the artist there could be many interpretations of this piece. Any and all are correct as we all bring with us different experiences and life events that help us to find the meaning that fits for us.
A visit to Mason City is not complete without a tour of these wonderful sculptures. The snow does not take away a bit of the beauty so if you visit during the wintery weather don’t hesitate to check them out. I suspect they are even more beautiful in the snow.
Beth Ann is a 50 something wife and mother of two handsome adult sons who shares her home with her feline friends, Buddy and Holly. As an avid reader and lover of travel, she has found herself living in many different places over the years and loves to connect with all kinds of people who share her zest for life. Her blog, It’s Just Life–Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, highlights her passions: writing, travel, food and her ever growing teapot collection. She looks at life through a full glass and tries to pay it forward every chance that she gets. She invites you to follow along with her adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.