Strata (perry_01.jpg, perry_02.jpg)
Stainless steel, aluminum, paint, programmable LEDs, limestone
Main Sculpture: 22’ x 12’ x 8’, Site dimensions: 30’ x 200’; 10 limestone blocks have
painted sculptural elements arranged in a way to suggest railroad track emerging
from the prairie culminating at the large sculpture. Each of the limestone blocks have
sculptural elements that suggest a river or flow
Strata refers to layers of history that serve as the foundation for cultivating our future.
Elements of the sculpture reference Urbandale’s architecture as well as mechanical
components of train engines such as gears and wheels, which is a nod to
Urbandale’s past connections to streetcars. The site is composed in a way to
suggest growth, culminating with a forms emphasizing an upward flourish referring
to future growth of community. The sculpture “speaks” to the similarities between a
machine (such as a locomotive) and a community - each has several moving parts
that need to work together to achieve a goal.
Strata signifies the growth of Urbandale by honoring the past, energizing the present,
while hinting at the future. My hope is that will become a point of pride for Urbandale
and engage the community for years to come.