The Local Ottumwa Arts and Trails Council members commissioned Steven Huffman to create and construct 6 monumental sculptures on the bike and hiking trail system which is along the Des Moines River front.
Each one was constructed from 1/4" mild steel and is allowed to naturally create a rust patina in itself. Steve says, "my favorite color is rust".
Knowing the area has a historical background revolving around the river and Native American heritage, Steve set in metal the tone of the area.
The base consists of 1/2" steel in the shape of an arrowhead. The edges have been ground down to resemble an actual arrowhead's surface texture.
The sculpture's overall "shape" recognizes the new ventures of the community as "bursting forth".
The gentle arch on the top blends with the architecture of the newly constructed convention center.
The same gentle arch is crowned with feathers representing a covering of protection.
The center has been cut out to resemble the flow and curve of the river itself, all the while using the cut-outs themselves to be applied to resemble boulders along the banks of the river.
A platform table was designed for the purpose of the installation of different plaques containing information of the area and trail itself.