Sioux City

John Henry


born 1943

Sioux City, 1977

painted aluminum

Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection; 978.08

Gift of the City of Sioux City, funded through a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts—Works of Art in Public Places and a gift from Iowa Beef Processors, Inc. in memory of Currier J. Holman

This maquette for the outdoor sculpture Sioux City was created by John Henry, an artist who was arguably the most important sculptor in Chicago during the 1960s and 1970s. The maquette was designed to demonstrate what the larger outdoor sculpture would look like. The large sculpture, standing now on the corner of Pierce and Third Streets, is composed of both steel and aluminum and measures 56 feet tall. For nearly 30 years, Sioux City was on display in what was then the Fourth Street pedestrian mall, adjacent to Jackson Street. It was removed when Fourth Street was converted back into a vehicular throughway.