American Upcycle

Statue Name: American Upcycle

Sponsor: Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency

Artists: Kirk Wischmeyer, Recycled Junk Art

Location: Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, 1954 County Home Rd, Marion, IA 52302 (Note: Only accessible when Agency is open; 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Park in the main office parking lot. Walk through the building or go around it. The statue is on the south-side of the main office.)

Grant Wood was into recycling!  “…In the 1920s, when he was known only in Cedar Rapids, he often produced objects that were whimsical and clever and that showed his connection to the local community. Using gears, bottle caps and all sorts of thrown away hardware that he could have actually found in Cedar Rapids alleys, he concocted a mechanical bouquet whose stems he placed into plaster and then “planted” in a common clay flowerpot.
While the Lilies of the Alley were not intended as major artistic statements, they do suggest that Wood knew about certain avant-garde ideas, which seem quite ordinary to us today, such as those involved in collage and, more to the point, assemblage.” Learn more here.

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