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Urbandale's biggest-ever public art piece was dedicated in front of the library Saturday, in honor of the city's centennial in 2017.

The piece, titled "Strata," weighs about 1,200 pounds and stands more than 22 feet tall. The sculpture was installed Sept. 27 in a grassy median between the library and the art park.

"This is our first really significant art piece," said Jan Herke, director of Urbandale Parks and Recreation. "It’s hard to miss. It’s such a unique piece."

Dan Perry, of Waterloo, was commissioned by Urbandale's public art committee to build "Strata."

The piece includes gears and wheels to represent streetcars that used to roam Urbandale. It also includes details that reflect architectural elements of the historic Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms. The upward motion the sculpture conveys with the blue swirl at the top is meant to signify continued growth in the community.

The $65,000 sculpture was funded in part by a $23,000 grant from Bravo. The rest of the money came from Urbandale's capital improvements projects fund.

"We like the way he brought the historical components of Urbandale and the motion it gives up into the sky of all the potential growth," Herke said.

"If you’re in a community that has public art, you get the feel they’re looking forward, and they’re progressive and they realize the importance of quality of life," Herke said. "It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the centennial and acknowledge and enhance public art in the community."

For more information about Urbandale's public arturbandale.org/publicarttour

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