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 around Cedar Rapids for several weeks in honor of Wood’s 125th birthday. This particular duo resides just down the street from the KRNA studio, outside Guaranty Bank & Trust, near the intersection of 3rd Avenue & 3rd Street SE in Cedar Rapids...

Hahn, Bill
Hahn, Bill

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 four of the locations. I'm making it my summer project to find as many of these as I can in the coming weeks... yes, kind of a "Where's Waldo?" thing to occupy my time. 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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