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Dubuque Art on the River adds new sculptures


It's one of Dubuque's biggest attractions, beautiful artwork lining the Mississippi river at the Port of Dubuque. This is the eight exhibit for Art on the River in Dubuque and this year 10 pieces will be on display for the public. Among those pieces is Human Shadow a sculpture created by Jessica Teckemeyer of Dubuque.

The sculpture is of a fawn juxtaposed with a shadow of a wolf. The fawn has human-like eyes and smooth skin which clue viewers in to the pieces introspective nature.

"This to me is about the duality of human nature. As infants we start changing who we are because teachers, parents tell us to not be so wild or aggressive and we start to kind of tame ourselves because of culturally learned responses. We are included by history, science, media, religion, and so on in our environment. That starts taming who we become as adults." Teckemeyer said.

Another piece set in the Port of Dubuque is Quarks VI created by Guy Bellaver of St. Charles, Illinois. The piece is inspired by a proton and anti-proton collision.

"The black painted areas on this sculpture represents the particles after a collision, going from one area to another. As a sculptor, I like to also show movement and energy in a piece. In this sculpture as the particles are disintegrating or going from one mass to another, I show that energy involved after collisions." Bellaver said.

This year 10 pieces were chosen from nearly 80 entries to be displayed at the Port of Dubuque. Among those chosen are the exhibits largest and smallest works ever to be put on display. The exhibit is known to attract thousands each year.

"If you are walking part this and you notice it you might not even contemplate it. But you have seen it. You have been exposed to it. Hopefully, that makes everyone's life a little bit better." Bellaver said.

This year's best in show award was given to Jeff Boshart of Charleston, Illinois for his piece Interstellar Naught. He will receive $1,000 for his work. Honorable mention for the best in show award was given to Kristin Thielking and Keven Brunett of Stevens Point, Wisconsin for their piece Moving Compass.

This year, two of the ten artists featured in the exhibit are from Iowa. The exhibit will be on display through June 2014.

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