SIOUX CITY – A 12-foot-tall sculpture will be placed on the sidewalk outside the Sioux City Police Department early next year in an effort to bring the public and public safety together.
Sioux City Council gave the green light to the non-taxpayer-funded project on Monday by voting to approve its consent agenda.
A few years ago, Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller said the police department received a grant from the Gilchrist Foundation for Public Art at its headquarters. He added that other private donors have also contributed to the project.
âAt the moment, we are simply asking for council permission to place this sculpture on a block right outside the police headquarters on Douglas Street,â Mueller told council ahead of the vote.
Mueller said the sculpture, which is between 8 and 10 feet in diameter, has yet to be completed, but the design work is complete.
Mark Avery, of Mark Avery Studio, said there would be enough space for members of the public to walk around the sculpture and see its dimensionality.
Avery said the sculpture’s round stainless steel base symbolized unity and connection to community, while the bronze casing expresses compassion and the nine arches that rise up represent features included in the mission of Sioux City Public Safety – dedication, integrity, honor, community service, improved quality of life, public safety, awareness of diverse populations, professionalism and respect for individual rights and human dignity.