Perry, Iowa: Molten Metal, Speed Train

Sculptures in a downtown median include a streamline locomotive and an 11-foot-high crucible of molten iron lit red at night.

Address:
1100 2nd St., Perry, IA
Directions:
Downtown, in the east side median of Willis Ave., at its intersection of 2nd St.
Hours:
Best at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Molten metal at night.

Boulevard Sculptures: Molten Metal, Speed Train

Four lighted sculptures tell the story of the evolution of a rural community. They pay tribute to the roles of the railroad, agriculture, industry, and art in Perry's development. The "Speed Train" pays tribute to the 98-year legacy of the Milwaukee Road with a depiction of the Hiawatha, the most famous of the Milwaukee trains. "Born of Fire" recognizes industry with an 11-foot-high crucible supported in mid-air by a stream of molten metal. The statues are lit each evening from sundown-midnight.

[Jon Morgan, 11/25/2019]

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