Bounty Statue Continues Its Tour of the MedQ District
Sep 30, 2021
A traveling classic continues. Commissioned by the MedQuarter Regional Medical District in 2016 as part of the Grant Wood-themed Overalls All Over exhibition, the District’s Bounty statue is hosted at different locations within the MedQ for several months at a time and was recently relocated to The History Center.
The sculpture, by local artist Todd Sabin, is an ode to Grant Wood upon which Sabin applied materials from throughout Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, and the MedQuarter that have special relevance:
- The buttons on the man’s shirt are made from limestone found at Stone City where Grant Wood hosted gatherings for artists.
- The man’s shirt is made from marble reclaimed from a room in the former Montrose Hotel where a Grant Wood mural was located.
- The woman’s skirt is made up of profiles from picture frames used by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, applied to a red and white checker pattern cloth used often in Wood’s paintings.
- The back of the statue is covered with reprints of Grant Wood’s drawings titled Wild Flowers, Tame Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables produced in 1938 & 1939.
- The man’s overalls are made up of wood that was reclaimed from several historic buildings throughout Cedar Rapids including the Carnegie Library, Mytak Building, Suchy Building (commonly known as the White Elephant), Kurik Building, Sokol Building and the Ideal Theatre.
- The man’s boots are made from Douglas fir reclaimed from 5 Turner Alley, Grant Wood’s former studio.
- As a unique twist, the statue is now located in the shadow of the Grant Wood Studio / 5 Turner Alley where Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930. The MedQuarter is fortunate to have both The History Center and Grant Wood Studio within its boundaries. These great cultural amenities provide unique opportunities for Cedar Rapids residents and visitors alike to learn more about the history of the city as well as its inhabitants over time. Take some time and explore—visit The History Center at www.historycenter.org and Grant Wood Studio at www.crma.org/grant-wood/grant-wood-studio for tickets, times, and more information.