2019 Decatur Sculpture Tour

On 2019, the 8th annual Decatur Sculpture Tour was launched with 28 original sculptures created by artists from nine states and the United Kingdom. These sculptures will be on display through mid-April 2020, 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.

Narrow Escape
Narrow Escape

Gary Hovey
New Knoxville, Ohio

Co-op with Jim Perrine.

Narrow Escape shows a drama played out in life countless times. There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt, unless it’s the relief of getting away! This piece is my first to use color glazes on my sculpture but it’s still forks, knives, and spoons at heart. It is also the first public piece made in (official) partnership with Jim.

Location: NE Corner Courthouse Square
People's Choice
Best of Show
Messenger
Messenger

Clark Martinek
Mitchell, South Dakota

What does “Messenger” mean to you? Today when we hear the word messenger most think of the app used to communicate with the world. But if we look up from our social media for just a second … We may realize we are missing the real message. 
This “Angel Messenger” is hand forged solid iron, its body and wings traditionally joined together with rivets.

Location: Miller, Burry & Brown, P.C.
InspirationAward
Signetron
Signetron

Elton Bishop
Fort Wayne, Indiana

A balance of mass and space that takes the observer through cycles of thought as the visual cortex solves the image.

Location: By Monster Pizza
Piles
Piles

Mike Helbing
Limestone, Tennessee

A chained group of pilings that protrude from the muck of a harbor.
They are placed in front of places where damage from ships and barges is likely to occur; such as docks, piers and bridges. These are resting places for sea birds and sometimes sprout weeds and even trees. Mine didn’t have anything on it, so I put a person stepping off into the abyss. To inject a bit of irony, there is a shark fin below.

Location: Bears Den Embroidery & More
Pipe Trapped Apparitions #1
Pipe Trapped Apparitions #1

Charles Yost
Chicago, Illinois

An 'apparition' CAN lead to our goals, dreams, aspirations, hopes of peaceful cooperation. Even if we feel 'trapped', our apparitions can be inspirations.

Can't we all get along?

Location: A.C.E. 40.8
XYZ
XYZ

Todd Kime
Toledo, OH

Whimsical half opened zipper...

XYZ - 'Examine Your Zipper!'

Location: Near Opal & Ivy Boutique
A Sign of Love
A Sign of Love

Alex Mendez
Decatur, Indiana

A simple gesture of love.

Location: City Hall (Monroe St.)
Solitude
Solitude

Tuck Langland
Granger, IN

Solitude is part of a series of the four seasons and represents winter. She is alone and huddling in a heavy coat, contemplating the white drifts around her.

Location: Adams County Community Foundation
Fowl Ball II
Fowl Ball II

Lee Badger
Hedgesville, West Virginia

Geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens are the descendants of dinosaurs that ruled the earth, but now we eat them. They had fierce and fearsome ancient ancestors, but today they can represent someone who’s silly, foolish, witless or cowardly.
Twenty-seven bird silhouettes form a sphere where the bird profiles become abstract disjointed shapes among random spaces in between.  It’s a just-for-fun study of positive and negative spaces with equal emphasis on the solid forms and the empty shapes.
Get the Peckture? Quack you up!

Location: Fetch K9
Sunflower
Sunflower

Julie Jones Denkers
Indianapolis, Indiana

My grandmother Jones started the tradition of loving and nurturing flowers and gardens.  She had some of the most beautiful garden's each year.
Sunflower is meant to depict a joy of creation, childhood and the wonder of the world we live in.

Location: DeVoss, Johnson, Zwick, Baker & Ainsworth
Clean up Crew
Clean up Crew

Judd Nelson
Wayzata, Minnesota

These two animals are nature's best cleanup crew, and I am showing them on the prowl looking for dinner, and in doing so, helping to clean up our environment. This is a life size sculpture of a 6 foot black bear with a crow getting a free ride on his back.

Location: Decatur Daily Democrat
Social Fabric
Social Fabric

Matt Miller
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

It seems like we all think we know what makes us "tick". But if we sit back and listen, we begin to realize that the daily clicks of our rhythmic relationships are who we really are in this life.

Location: All State Insurance
Space Bloom
Space Bloom

Nathan Pierce
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

I love the surprise that we get from seeing out of the ordinary things in ordinary places.
It is these things that help bring awareness to our surroundings and creates the opportunity to reimagine our sense of place. Use your imagination and discover new blooms.

Location: Complete Printing Service
Persons of Interest
Persons of Interest

Craig Snyder
Plymouth, Minnesota

As an artist, I thrive on the diversity of the universe. It's such a strange and amazing place, and sculpture lets me explore it in new and exciting ways.

Location: Old 27 Ice Cream Shop
Legato
Legato

Gregory Mendez
Decatur, Indiana

Co-op with Neil J. Wiffill

The word legato is borrowed from musical language. It expresses quality of movement in which flow doesn't stop, but the feeling is always continuous and fluent. The sculptures of both Curtis Rose and Harold Linke inspired different aspects of this piece.

Location: Miller's Floors & More 2nd St.
Forty/Love
Forty/Love

James Haire
Fort Collins, Colorado

Forty/Love is one of my favorite pieces. The pleats of the skirt and the relaxed yet powerful pose make this piece special.

Location: Miller's Floors & More Court St.
beginnings
beginnings

Benjamin Pierce
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

This sculpture abstractly captures the moment a seed bursts open with the new life that lies within-- marking the beginning of something new and full of potential.

Location: ESE Corner Courthouse Square
Mayor's Choice
The Cabbage King
The Cabbage King

Doc - Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD
Huntington, Indiana

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter – recited by Tweedledee and Tweedledum to Alice in Through the Looking Glass, this walnut piece started as a single half ton log.  Using traditional mallet and gouge carving methods this is what is left.  Midway through, a very nasty crack was discovered that necessitated using a second walnut log for the top hat, so , as the Queen of Hearts said "Off with his hat" (sorta)... The show must go on.   The piece's title comes from the poem “The time has come," the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—Of cabbages—and kings—And why the sea is boiling hot—And whether pigs have wings.”

Location: Story Book Park
Committee Choice
Jumping Through Hoops
Jumping Through Hoops

Jacque Frazee
Milbank, South Dakota

Jumping Through Hoops was made for a call to sculptures for human movement.

Location: Just Because Jewelry & Gifts
Rusted Melody
Rusted Melody

Alex Mendez
Decatur, Indiana

A recognizable shape abstracted.

Location: Kintz Insurance/Grote Chiropractic

Indoor Sculptures

The sculptures below are inside; many in storefront windows.

Descending Angel
Descending Angel

Mike Helbing
Limestone, Tennessee

Location: Cochran 1st
8-Eighty-8
8-Eighty-8

Curtis Rose
Decatur, Indiana

Location: Cochran 2nd
Masai Bride
Masai Bride

Tuck Langland
Granger, IN

Location: Cochran 3rd
Books Beyond Books
Books Beyond Books

Lawrence Starck
Loveland, Colorado

Location: Cochran 5th
Incandescence
Incandescence

Clark Martinek
Mitchell, South Dakota

Location: Cochran 6th
Serendipity
Serendipity

Julie Jones Denkers
Indianapolis, Indiana

Location: Cochran 7th
Egyptian Lady
Egyptian Lady

Helen Buescher
Decatur, Indiana

Location: Eichhorn Jewelry
Bleached Coral
Bleached Coral

Neil J. Wiffill
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Location: Cochran 4th

Titanium Sponsors

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

Platinum Sponsors

City of Decatur
REV RV Group

Gold Sponsors

Adams Public Library System (In Kind
Artisan Collective Enterprise ACE 40.8
Berne Ready Mix
Complete Printing Service
Decatur Rotary Club
Fifth Third Bank
First Bank of Berne
John Brune Digital Video
Roadway Inn/Quality inn