Internationally renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond, who was commissioned to create a signature public art piece for the North Pedestrian Mall in Downtown Iowa City, will reveal his concept design at a public presentation on Thursday, Oct. 1. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at FilmScene, 118 E. College Street.   

Balmond, of Balmond Studio ( in London, England, was chosen to create the piece from a group of 26 artists who had expressed interest in the project. As an artist, designer, architect, engineer and writer, he is known for his challenging industrial fabrications that integrate art into the immediate environment. His work will be installed in the Black Hawk Mini Park area of the Ped Mall, serving as an anchor for the City’s new Downtown Streetscape Plan. The artwork will enhance the City’s reputation as a center for arts and culture, especially as its installation coincides with the relocation of the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art and Voxman Music Building to the Downtown area.

Balmond’s works are featured in countries throughout the world. In addition to Iowa City, he is currently working with the cities of Syracuse, NY, Mesa, AZ, and Chicago, IL on public art installations in the United States.

For those who are interested in the event but are unable to attend, the City’s Cable TV Division will videotape the presentation for broadcast on City Channel 4 on the following dates: Sunday, Oct. 11, 7 a.m.; Monday, October 12, 3 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m.; Thursday, Oct. 15, 2 a.m.; and Friday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

A fundraising campaign to support the installation will commence at a later date.  For more information on the Balmond commission, including how to make a donation for the project, contact the City’s Public Art Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, September 22, 2015