Public Service Center Art

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, Supervisor Linda Langston took a moment to talk about the public art on display at the Public Service Center and its significance to Linn County's history. Watch the four-minute video.

Golden Field
The exterior public art at the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center is by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos and is titled Golden Field. The art is representative of Iowa’s native prairie grass. It’s a kinetic sculpture – the rods can be moved around and are designed to move with the wind. The sculpture is lit at night and looks especially impressive in the night accent lighting. According to Dimopoulos’s biography, color, line, form, and repetition are critical elements of his sculptures. Using linearity to define space, Dimopoulos’s sculptures create an uncluttered simplicity.

Dimopoulos is the recipient of several public art awards. His art is on display in large U.S. cities including Denver and New York as well as around the world including Vancouver, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and Australia, where he lives. Linn County is honored to have his art on permanent display at the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center.

"Hope Perseverance Strength"
Hope Perseverance Strength
The interior public art in the main lobby of the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center is by artist Robert Barnum and is a mural titled “Hope Perseverance Strength.” Barnum took time to study not only the history of the area, but made a point to understand what happened locally during the 2008 flood and highlights those experiences in the mural. One prominent representation is recognition of the National Guard and the significant role they played in keeping Linn County citizens safe. The mural also includes a woman with a suitcase, a woman with a child, and a woman with a pet. Barnum researched video of the flood and he understood that these were key parts of the recovery.

A close look at the story he tells in the mural reveals that he understands Linn County’s past. His mural has Czech women dancing around the maypole; a representation of the Meskwaki Indians; and he includes Grant Wood in the mural. But Barnum didn’t lose sight of the future and rebuilding. The mural includes windmills and a helicopter (a little attention to Rockwell Collins and avionics). He included a Kernels baseball player, houses, and rebuilding that has occurred and is occurring in Linn County. The mural is a story. And it is, in its own way, a tip of the hat to the regional artists that we celebrate here like Marvin Cone and Grant Wood.

Viewing Hours
The public is welcome to view the interior public art during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exterior public art can be viewed at any time, day or night.

Linn County appreciates having public art a central focus in county buildings and hopes the public appreciates and enjoys it as well.

Learn about the Linn County Public Art Commission and Program.