2013 Sculpt Siouxland - Steve Elliott

A sculpture titled "Gravitation," from 2012's Sculpt Siouxland event, is shown. The stainless steel piece by Steve Elliott, of Wayne, Neb., is 9 feet tall.

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SIOUX CITY | As a downtown staple for nearly 10 years, Sculpt Siouxland is one of Sioux City Growth Organization’s most visible contributions to the area.

Members of SCGO founded the annual outdoor exhibition in 2005 after realizing the need for more creative attractions downtown. The group had a twofold mission of promoting public art and increasing downtown foot traffic.

Sculpt Siouxland now operates as an independent nonprofit group.

Artists are selected to build sculptures and lend their work to be displayed downtown, typically along Fourth, Nebraska and Pierce streets, for a year. After being on display, the approximately 10 sculptures go to auction in the spring. The Sculpt Siouxland organization buys one piece each year to add to a permanent collection.

People can also cast ballots to vote on which piece they like best. Winning artists receive cash awards, and those who cast ballots are eligible for cash prizes.

Artists from the Upper Midwest are selected by a committee and use a variety of media to create their works, which range from realistic to abstract. Local sculptors who regularly contribute are Shannon Sargent and Steve Kammerer.

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