Pappajohn Scupture Park

After visiting Exile Brewing Company, I found myself disappointed and needing to wait off the alcohol I consumed.  So I decided to wander around the area and see if there was anything interesting to explore.  As luck would have it, Exile was about a block from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Seriously.  That’s the official name.

I had driven by the park before, and wanted to make a point to visit.  I guess there was a silver lining to the Exile excursion.  So for your viewing pleasure, here are photos of the park, with commentary from a grumpy, slightly tipsy Patrick.

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I’m pretty sure these girders were always here.  After a while, the park board just said, “F-it, we’re not cleaning them up.  Let’s just spray paint them red and call it a sculpture.”  And thus the sculpture park was born.

 

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In a stroke of architectural genius, the lines actually draw your eye toward the man gently sobbing in the parked minivan.

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You could actually see my reflection in the panels the first time I photographed this.  Which for some reason annoyed me enough to take another photo.

 

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Remember the man gently sobbing in the earlier photo?  This statue does.

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Watch out, Jeff.  The one-boobed lady has competition!

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Imagine if they added red LED lights for eyes.  Yikes.

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This is pretty much my nightmare: giant arachnids with cages for harboring prey.

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A wooden horse.  Equally as effective as the horses I bet on at Prairie Meadows.

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The Thinker?  Try the Lagomorph.

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This is a good metaphor for my life.

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Partially-completed, racially-inclusive snowmen (or women).

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That is unequivocally a wang.  You don’t need an art history degree to tell.

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Did I leave the oven on?

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Caterpillar lovers surrounding a cup?

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I actually really like this one.  You can see so many different geometric shapes when you look at it from different angles.  Also, it reminds me of Minecraft for some reason.

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Happy giant ghost child.

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I can’t tell if they’re dancing or fighting.  Can it be both?

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Interesting that there are no letters below the chest.

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American Robins are apparently harsher art critics than I am.

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