Is the ‘Arc of Dreams’ getting tweaked

Top image is the new and improved design, bottom is the original.

I guess I haven’t heard any announcements that the design of the sculpture was changing, in fact if you go to their website, they still have the old image up.

I caught it on the site sign yesterday next to the proposed location. It must have just recently changed because I ride my bike by this sign almost everyday.

What do you think of the new design compared to the old? I kind of liked the simplicity of the first design.

But the artist may not have a choice in the matter. When it was first proposed I was told by and engineer and a person who has worked around large scale public art projects that since the piece was flat and didn’t touch (held together) it would need massive counterweights because of the wind. I’m sure the new design helps with wind flow and is much lighter without the panels of polished stainless steel. I’m also wondering if it is a little cheaper to?

I’m curious if there will be an official announcement about the change, I also wonder if they will tell us why it had to be changed. Things that make you go hmmmmm. I guess sometimes your dreams have to be tweaked to come true 🙂


#1 The D@ily Spin on 07.30.17 at 6:29 pm

This is a representation of the crossed swords of Saddam Hussein across the square in Baghdad. Why can’t the city see it. Probably because the Huether rein has been like Hussein. I’m waiting for Huether to cancel elections and declare himself dictator for the sovereign Strong Mayor nation of Sioux Falls. Should we acquire poison gas masks? Is there WMD?
When this is completed, it will make national news. Perhaps national media will recognize Huether’s persecution of the middle class. I doubt it. The next mayor will become a laughing stock at the start of his term.

#2 Emoluments Clause on 07.30.17 at 6:33 pm

What I find very exciting about this “Saddam Thing” is that they have claimed through past fundraising events for it, that when it is done, it will help with “Work Force Development”…..(WHAT? HOW?)…….

#3 The D@ily Spin on 07.30.17 at 6:35 pm

How about tie tennis shoes together and flip them over the tips? In poor neighborhoods it represents lives lost from drive by shootings and drug overdose deaths. In this case, it could represent the school children in poor neighborhoods who can’t afford lunch and the city not donating the whole ice rink to Glory House.

#4 Blasphemo on 07.30.17 at 8:06 pm

The “Saddam Thing”. PERFECT! SF will be a national laughingstock if/when this is completed. It’s just nuts.

#5 l3wis on 07.30.17 at 8:45 pm

I don’t take issue with the sculpture itself, but there are a few things I question. How will this one piece improve tourism to SF or help workforce development? We already have the Falls, SculptureWalk and the replica of David, one more piece won’t make much of a difference.

I am also astonished that the well to do in SF can raise a million dollars for such a venture when there are so many other charitable causes we could put the money towards that would improve tourism and visitation to SF.

#6 Emoluments Clause on 07.30.17 at 8:59 pm

How about if the wealth in town, which raised this million dollars, would have plowed that into wages for their local workers so that they can afford housing in this town and plan for a positive future in Sioux Falls instead?….

Stop the wage collusion now!

#7 LJL on 07.30.17 at 10:50 pm

Oh come on..It will clearly bring millions of people to our city to spend trillions of dollars, just like the zombie pawn shop has done.

#8 anominous on 07.30.17 at 10:56 pm

No one will ever get killed climbing around on that thing at night. No, siree.

#9 The D@ily Spin on 07.31.17 at 7:25 am

Soon after the new mayor gets elected, how about police pulling one side over with the MRAP. Huether denied them a raise. On the other side, Jamison can pull it over with his road grader. However, wait for the news satellite trucks to get here.

#10 anominous on 07.31.17 at 12:27 pm

Jim Clark gets everyone else to build him his own $1M tire swing. Bravo.

#11 hornguy on 07.31.17 at 10:27 pm

Maybe it’d be easier to raise the minimum wage if the moneyed crowd could, you know, maybe tattoo their names on the foreheads of those whose wages they’re subsidizing. Rich folks like putting their names on things.

#12 The D@ily Spin on 08.01.17 at 7:49 am

True about rich people putting their name on things. There’s not enough room on my forehead for ‘Denny Sanford First Premier Center’. Maybe just a Swastika.

#13 The D@ily Spin on 08.01.17 at 8:13 am

A crossed swords tribute to Saddam. Then, put it across the namesake ‘Sioux Sliver and Piss Trough’. Another Huether horror?

#14 anominous on 08.01.17 at 9:52 am

To my unmonied eye, the original design looks like a stunted tribute to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a mini-me failure some small midwestern town tried to build and couldn’t connect before running out of money. The new design looks like a railroad bridge with a section of track missing.

#15 Emoluments Clause on 08.01.17 at 11:22 am

Or, you could say it looks like this:

Keep in mind, that the St. Louis Arch is the “Gateway to the West.” But this “Thing” that they want to build on the Sioux River is merely the gateway to a periling cascade…..

Seriously, though where do our city fathers find the time or idealism to come up with ideas like this? We live in a town of low wages, unaffordable housing, 40+% of our school kids receive reduce priced lunches, and we are constantly hearing about the needs at the food bank or the Banquet. Oh, and the need for more free school backpacks too. Yet, many of our city leaders frolic in this elitist world of self exuberance and entertainment…. That million dollars that has been raised for this “Saddam Thing” should be in the pockets of the Sioux Falls workers and not in a bank account, which is used to merely entertain the affluent of our town.

#16 aladdin sarsippious sulemangic jackson iii on 08.01.17 at 1:10 pm

who in their right cotton picking minds would want
to breathe the miasma that is the morrell sp river
in all its funkification?

iaal obg

#17 scott on 08.01.17 at 9:28 pm

if they can raise a million for this thing, why can’t they raise enough money to finally finish the state theater?

#18 l3wis on 08.01.17 at 9:31 pm

I can’t wait to see the first movie in the finished theatre in 2037.

#19 Emoluments Clause on 08.02.17 at 8:34 pm

The ‘first movie” hasn’t been made yet. It most likely will be “Back to the Future V.”

In the opening scene of “V,” Marty McFly leaves 1985 and enters 2035 with his DeLorean crashing into one of the big flower ball shaped bowls in front of Minervas. After fighting to get the Ferrari style door on the DeLorean open, after his crash, McFly eventually gets out and stands up as he stares at the old State Theater, and says to himself, “….Who was the jackass that put that gawdy electronic style sign over that once classic mid-century style theater marquee…?” Then the movie is edited to a contemporaneous scene, where Biff, the handyman, is seen coming down from a ladder off of the State Theater marquee with a cordless drill in hand…..

On Inside Keloland the other night, they made it sound like the opening is 47 months away. They apparently need $ 5 million dollars to finish the restoration, which they claim they can raise or hope to raise within three years, then it will only take 11 months to finish with that $ 5 million in hand according to the current leaders of the restoration.

But I get a kick out of how they emphasized the 11 months before the 3 years during the KELO interview. And thus, such spin makes me feel that “2037” is more realistic than July of 2021…..

#20 Blasphemo on 08.05.17 at 9:11 am

aladdin sarsippious sulemangic jackson iii: SPOT ON! Falls Park, Falls Park Drive mixed use development, Levitt Pavilion, DT Riverbank. Few seem to ever consider the putrid odor wafting from Morell’s/Smithfield & how that impacts the enjoyment/livability of these areas. How about figuring out redevelopment/TIF incentives/donations to finally get this eyesore polluting plant relocated to a new area outside of the city core?

#21 l3wis on 08.05.17 at 10:57 am

Blas, for the same reasons why we allow two country clubs in town to f’up traffic on the westside of our city.

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