2017 Sculpt Siouxland

The sculpture Duo Forward by artist Leslie Bruning of Omaha, Nebraska, is shown at the entrance to the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City. The 12-foot-tall steel art piece has been added to Sculpt Siouxland permanent collection.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Sculpt Siouxland has announced the acquisition of new sculpture from an Omaha artist for its permanent collection.

"Duo Forward," a 12-foot-tall steel sculpture by Leslie Bruning is currently installed near the front entrance of the Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St.

A slender, streamlined sculpture made from basic shapes and curves, "Duo Forward" was recently purchased as part of Sculpt Siouxland's "Invitational Artist" program. This program began in 2013 to bring large sculptures by important regional artists to downtown Sioux City, with the goal of keeping them permanently.

Bruning, a Syracuse, Kansas native who was raised in Nebraska, is a founding member of Omaha Creative Institute, He has had more than 40 solo shows, 120 group or juried exhibitions and has been represented in collections across the country.

"Sculpt Siouxland is pleased to bring -- and -- keep another great sculpture to downtown Sioux City," said board president David Brockhus. "Thanks to the very generous support of the Gilchrist Foundation as well as our other sponsors, donors and continuing partnership with the Art Center, we are able to continue adding imaginative artworks to downtown Sioux City."

Sculpt Siouxland also announced that "High Rise," a tall, whimsical sculpture by Chicago-based artist Andrew Arvanetes, will be relocating from the Art Center campus to the new Pearl Street Park. The sculpture was slated to make the move Wednesday morning.

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