Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota, and since 2000 has been a fast growing city, now over a quarter million strong. The history of Sioux Falls revolves around the cascades of the Big Sioux River. The falls were created about 14,000 years ago during the last ice age. It is in the southeast corner of the state, close to the Minnesota border, and an easy day's drive from central Wisconsin, in my case, from Wausau. I had never been to the state, and was unsure what I would find. I found a great state, a fun state, and a wonderful city in Sioux Falls.
December 19, 2015
The cascades of Big Sioux Falls
I'll return to the falls toward the end of this gallery. We visited in late June 2014, the weather was fantastic, and we walked around the city center on he west side of Big Sioux River for a while before getting over to the falls. As a result, we found the locals all sitting outside at cafés taking in the beautiful weather, but best of all we were introduced to the Sculpture Walk.
The Sculpture Walk is an exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year, and all sculptures are aggressively promoted to the public for sale. The sculptures are owned by the artists and loaned to the exhibit. The 2016 season will be the Walk's 13th year.
So we were there in 2014 and here are a few that I enjoyed intermingled with the shots of the people enjoying the day. We spent most of our time on Phillips Ave. which is where most of the sculptures are located.
"Egghead" by Kimber Fiebiger
Egghead comfortably sits with his eyes on the book while projecting a pensive expression. Egghead is a tribute to all people who are excited by a good book.
Outside Crawford's Bar and Grill
Crawford’s is an upscale bar and restaurant situated in downtown Sioux Falls. Inside you can surround yourself with century old quartzite and brick walls, funky and energetic ambiance, tempting and flavorful dishes, innovative cocktails and an extensive wine & beer list. Take notice of its namesake as you would be stepping over the threshold, the original 1963 Crawford’s logo is still there.
"Bacchus" by Sherri Treeby
"'Bacchus' sits on the fountain in fountain plaza. In case you're interested, it sits near Monks House of Ale Repute!
"Bacchus" the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology.
"World's Her Canvas," by Lee Leuning and Sherry Treeby
Five-year-old Molly takes her art seriously, as she squints down one eye looking at her extended thumb doing a painter's perspective on her canvas. The piece speaks to children’s’ love of fantasy, which we should never outgrow.
The "World's Her Canvas" sculpture is located in front of the Phillips Avenue Diner.
"Rainmaker," by Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh
The artist chose to depict this singer as a Native American, not as a dancer specifically from any one tribe but as an evocation of native people and their reverence for the natural world.
"Friesian Rearing," by Martha Pettigrew
The Friesian is a breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. They were mainly used for carriage horses and competitive driving.
Having been married to a Mary Ellen Murphy, I could not resist photographing Mrs. Murphy's Irish Gifts.
"Duster," by Bobbie Carlyle
This sculpture brings you back to the past and pays tribute to the cattle barons and Cowboys who first brought beef to the railroad towns of the West to be shipped to feed a growing market in the East — "Bold Strength"
"The Eagle and the Hawk," by Joellen Domenico
Battling wing-to-wing and spinning circles high in the sky, both the eagle and red tail hawk try desperately to escape the powerful talons and the ferocious beak of the other.
"Isabella," by Wayne Salge
“Isabella” holds a meditative pose embracing calm and peace, as to improve mental and physical health and to increase powers of concentration.
Those are some of the more than 55 sculptures on display, the ones I happened to notice. A I view the others on the Sculpture Walk's website, I can see I missed some beauties, but seeing these was a lot of fun.
Now we'll switch gears and get a few looks at the Falls of the Big Sioux River. You might say its weird that there is a falls in the Great Plains. In virtually every direction, the land is fairly flat. The Big Sioux River is a tributary of the Missouri River, about 419 miles long, flowing north to south through South Dakota and Iowa. It meets the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa.
The Falls of the Big Sioux River is a series of waterfalls cascading over a large area of exposed pink quartzite. That quartzite is over one billion years old, the product of millions of years of sediment deposits, heat, pressure and weathering. There is a terrific historical and geographical report on the falls compiled by Dave Rambow and produced by the Siouxland Heritage Museums. I commend it to you.
Regrettably, I failed to go to the east side of the river, but I had fun taking thee from the west side anyway.