2022 Decatur Sculpture Tour

These sculptures will be on display through mid-April 2021, and may be purchased. If interested, email the DST Committee, or please call 260-724-3939 and ask for Coni Mayer. In addition, permanent sculptures are around the downtown area and around Riverside Sculpture Park. Pick up a map for the locations or download "Otocast" app for a self-guided tour.

Outdoor Sculptures

The sculptures below are positioned along the sidewalks throughout downtown Decatur and can be enjoyed any time. We highly recommend our audio tour. Download the Otocast App to hear our artists explain their work and inspiration.

Kerplunk Redux

Kerplunk Redux

"You're never too old for games"

Alex Mendez
Decatur, Indiana
Something From Nothing

Something From Nothing

Benjamin Pierce
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Battle of Perception

Battle of Perception

Perception is everything when it comes to love and chaos. This hand forged solid iron and bronze piece is meant to deceive you, do you see love in heart form? Or chaos free flowing? The battle of perception is as real as the bronze riveted to the iron.

Clark Martinek
Mitchell, South Dakota
 A PECKulier persPECKtive

A PECKulier persPECKtive

This is the last log from the same walnut tree as the previous year’s walrus and hippo/rhino ballerinas.  I planted it in my parent’s backyard when I was 4 year’s old.  Who knew? I have had this critter and pose in mind for many years and finally found the time and materials needed. Enjoy this FOWL beast.

Doc - Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD
Huntington, Indiana
Big Bass

Big Bass

The fish was conceived to represent local interests from childhood to adulthood.

Greg Summers
Fremont, IN
Pentatonic

Pentatonic

“Pentatonic” is an interactive installation with 5 colorful tone pipes. These 5 tone pipes, each attached to a corner of the sculpture’s pentagon base, make up what is known as a pentatonic scale in music theory. Viewers can create music and explore the pentatonic scale by lightly tapping the lever atop each tone pipe. The 5 music notes used in this sculpture are C#/Db, D#/Eb, F#/Gb, G#/Ab, A#/Bb, which are also known as the black keys on a piano. The pentatonic scale lacks the musical tension and resolution characteristic of other commonly used music scales, which enables viewers of this sculpture to create harmonious and balanced melodies.

Isaac Kidder
Minnetrista, MN
Last One In

Last One In

Last one in is a rotten egg is a phrase we often shouted in the summertime. Particularly when racing for the rope while swimming.

James Haire
Fort Collins, Colorado
Ice Flow

Ice Flow

Figure Skaters have such beautiful flowing movements that it can be easy to me mesmerized by these movements. This young lady is going into a backward spin. I will try to add the feeling of movement by posing the skater in a gesture that is typical of a skater doing this difficult move. Material: Hot Forged steel

Judd Nelson
Wayzata, Minnesota
Prioritizing

Prioritizing

When I stopped doing things, I started filling my time with what I found truly important.

Matt Miller
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
H-Pump

H-Pump

H-Pump is a fictitious interpretation of the often overlooked but vital pumps that hide throughout our contemporary landscape.  I am particularly intrigued with water pumps, water filtration and the transport of water throughout our landscape.  H-Pump explores the idea of pumping water out of an unknown reservoir or aquifer from beneath a sidewalk, street, or park.  The sculpture is imbedded with rich surfaces of paint and patina that would normally be hidden away in mechanical rooms or factories but is brought to the forefront to express the inevitable passage of time.

Matt Moyer
Columbia, MO
Beautiful Flower

Beautiful Flower

Constructed from stainless steel, my favorite timeless material. On its own it will last centuries and is only destroyed in war or by theft. I call it beautiful because I like to look at something beautiful. Natural forms, organic curves, color and three dimensional shapes capture my interest. This sculpture does. It is a happy construction with rescue parts. Enjoy.

Mike Helbing
Limestone, Tennessee
Lost Signals 2

Lost Signals 2

The idea of using technology as a means of communicating with one another is embedded in our daily lives this sculpture represents some archaic or foreign communication device and as we observe the sculpture we wonder how well it may have served it’s purpose and consider the idea what would happen if we lost technology as a form of communication would we still be in touch with one another or would we lose signal

Nathan Pierce
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Owling at the Moon

Owling at the Moon

The moon here has inspired a song from the wolf and an owl's flight. Look carefully and you may see another night creature. All are looking for a meal; good thing they have handy eating utensils.

Gary Hovey/ Jim Perrine
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Man O' War

Man O' War

Gregory Mendez & Neil Wiffill
Fort Wayne & Decatur, IN
Sow Above, So Below

Sow Above, So Below

First card in a traditional Tarot deck, The Magician represents the ancient mystical principle “As Above, So Below.” This sculptural “card” portrays The Magician’s looping figure-eight infinity symbol with kinetic flipping heads, representing the way we endlessly spin together the threads of our lives from higher and lower influences. Our heads turn over and over creating an earthly reality from our higher thoughts and prayers.

Lee Badger
Hedgesville, West Virginia
Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister

The duality of being human sometimes makes us dance with ourselves and twist to either conform or rebel and be ourselves.

Craig Snyder
Plymouth, Minnesota
Reaching For The Sun

Reaching For The Sun

The sun illuminates these flowers (made from rescued trash) so they reach for it. 

Jennifer Meyer
Lansing, IL
What The Future Holds

What The Future Holds

In this piece we see a girl contemplating her future. As much as people may want to change the past, they are unable to do so. In the same way we do not know what the future holds. We can try looking into the crystal ball to see what will happen but in reality it is just twists and turns leading us down an unknown path. So as this girl tries to look into the ball to see what the future holds, she should just enjoy the moment and leave the future up to wherever life leads her.

Dale Compton
Kasota, MN
Sentinel

Sentinel

Gregory Mendez
Decatur, Indiana
Cross Cultural Connections

Cross Cultural Connections

This work represents the innermost thoughts and feelings of an artist with a lovely mind. It is an attempt to tide over the boundary- that ephemeral and the eternal moment.

Art fosters understanding between communities by communicating ideas through memorable visuals. The intent of this artwork is to promote understanding and amity between different communities of the World. My art has images of pure forms, expressive surfaces, as well as the role of magic and metamorphosis in the use of materials.

The wider relevance of what an artist is doing often escapes the artist, as does its relative significance. He puts his work in the world and what the world makes of it is, in the last resort, outside his control. The viewer with trained eyes and mind adds to the meaning of an art work.

Despite the fact art encompasses individual works and cultures which are different geographically; their far – reaching impact on the community includes the enhancement of social cohesion. These rather intangible human artifacts are crucial to bringing the world together beyond the limitations of time , geography and backgrounds.

But, to sum up, I can add that my art has images of pure forms, expressive surfaces, as well as the role of magic and metamorphosis in the use of materials. One more thing, the wider relevance of what an artist is doing often escapes the artist, as does its relative significance. He puts his work in the world and what the world makes of it is, in the last resort, outside his control. The viewer with trained eyes and mind adds to the meaning of an art work, so that “Decatur Sculpture Tour” could prove to be an ideal venue for the training of the citizen’s eyes and the grooming of his thoughts.

Neeraj Gupta
New Delhi, India

Indoor Sculptures

The sculptures below are inside; many in storefront windows.

Land Buoys

Land Buoys

"Land buoys can be placed anywhere a hazardous warning is needed. Perhaps they can be made amphibious too"

Charles Yost
Chicago, Illinois
The Fungus Among Us

The Fungus Among Us

During COVID's shelter in place a former student texted a photo of a mushroom he had found in the woods and asked if I had ever carved one, if not, would I try.  He was gifted a few of the early attempts and these are the end results. The frog just adds to the ambiance don't you think?

Doc - Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD
Huntington, Indiana
Zeus & Hermes Unwound

Zeus & Hermes Unwound

This sculptural piece comes from my fondness for the cubist/constructive tradition in art although I tend not to completely abandon representational art.  I find myself coming back to themes in nature, in literature, or from personal experiences. Recently I obtained the opportunity to work in aluminum, and the melding of style, medium, and subject matter seemed to be a great fit.  Thanks to the Decatur Sculpture Tour and the North Adams Arts Council for making this event possible.

Greg Griffis
Angola, IN
Bear Woman

Bear Woman

Bear Woman is from a series of Earth Mothers I created from stoneware clay and fired in my kiln around 2300 degrees F.  My love for motherhood probably came from being one of 17 children myself which explains why I try to include them in my art!  This sculpture also shows my love for Indian art and folklore.

Helen Buescher
Decatur, Indiana
Inner Peace

Inner Peace

The sculpture’s imagery of three crescents symmetrically balanced atop a pyramid is a contemplation on the concept of inner peace. Additionally, the textural elements visible in the sculpture’s steel reflect an appreciation for the contrast and diversity experienced in our collective

Isaac Kidder
Minnetrista, MN
In Memory of Duke

In Memory of Duke

In Memory of Duke

Duke was a beautiful Palomino owned by Dianne when she was a teenager.  He loved resting his head on her shoulder while getting 'TLC' rubs and an Apple treat.

Curtis Rose
Decatur, Indiana
Singer

Singer

"The Singer" is composed of various pieces of a sewing machine (Singer)."

On a lighter note he sits on a musical instrument and a fluted tray

Greg Summers
Fremont, IN
The Witch's Familiar

The Witch's Familiar

Every good witch needs a companion, and this colorful kitten is the perfect familiar for any spellcaster or potion master.

Shelby Nower
Decatur, IN
Dragonfly

Dragonfly

“I wish I was fishing…”

Clark Martinek
Mitchell, South Dakota
Javier, Lobster

Javier, Lobster

My career as a marine biologist has allowed me to become very familiar with many wonderful and amazing creatures of the sea; some are even quite tasty.

Doc - Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD
Huntington, Indiana
Carrara Twist

Carrara Twist

A taste of Tuscany

Neil J. Wiffill
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Titanium Sponsors

Adams County Community Foundation
Arts United / Indiana Arts Commission
Porter Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

City of Decatur
Decatur Arts Commission
Fifth Third Bank
Hoosier Pattern Inc
Indiana Arts Commission

Gold Sponsors

3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Adams Memorial Hospital
Adams Public Library System (In Kind
Berne Ready Mix
Complete Printing Service
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
First Bank of Berne
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