Me & The “American Gothic” Duo (Part 10)
Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” duo will be hanging out in the Cedar Rapids area for the rest of the summer. 25 statues have been on display for several weeks in honor of Wood’s 125th birthday. These two go by the names “Mike & Rosie”, and are sponsored by Rockwell Collins. They’re located at the Veterans Memorial Building at 50 2nd Avenue Bridge.
Grant Wood was born in rural Iowa in February 1891, and spent a considerable amount of his life living in Cedar Rapids. Of course, “American Gothic” – which now resides at the Art Institute of Chicago – is his most famous work.
So I’ve now taken pictures at ten of the 25 locations. I’m making it a summer project to find as many of these as I can in the coming weeks. I’ve decided to spend time doing this rather than get ridiculously intoxicated while hanging out at area parks. Check out my previous installment here. According to The Gazette, Chicago Fiberglass Works created the white base forms which cost about $1,200 apiece. The project was financed through grants and sponsorships.
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