UPDATE: Sioux Falls City Council will approve easement for Arc of Dreams ‘SOON’

I asked the city council on Tuesday night if there have been any permits approved for Arc of Dreams. After not hearing anything, I emailed them tonight the same question. One of the councilors responded that the council will be presented a public right of way easement soon to approve. Good to hear.

UPDATE: I also got this response from the city;

Mr. Ehrisman,

Thank you for your recent inquiry about the “Arc of Dreams” sculpture permitting process.  No permits have been issued at this time.

In your email, you were correct in that the sculpture is on private property and over public property. Therefore, a grant of easement by the City of Sioux Falls for the “Arc of Dreams” sculpture is currently in process.  The City Attorneys Office has drafted a resolution and associated easement documents for the “Arc of Dreams” sculpture.

On August 15, 2017, the “Arc of Dreams” sculpture was reviewed and recommended for placement approval during public meetings by both the Visual Arts Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board.  The proposed resolution is scheduled for public hearing consideration at the City Council’s regular Tuesday, September 19, 2017, meeting.  Pending adoption of the resolution, and receipt of project plan submittals for City review, then appropriate City permits will be determined and required.

It is anticipated that site construction will begin this fall, with sculpture installation completed by August 2018.  Associated installation and maintenance costs for this sculpture will be the responsibility of SculptureWalk, and not the City of Sioux Falls.

I hope this information helps with your inquiry.

Russ Sorenson• 9-08-2017

Urban Planner • City Of Sioux Falls

Sorry, but I still struggle with the concept that the fine individuals who run the very successful SculptureWalk program for our city would commission a now $1.6 million dollar sculpture before having at least a conditional or preliminary permit or permission from the city. Someone signed off on this a long time ago and now they are just going through the motions.

It reminds of the guy I saw once at the Board of Adjustments, he was requesting to build a bigger garage. His reasoning? Because his new truck didn’t fit in the old garage. He was denied.


I found this interesting that this is going thru the city as an RFP. Or maybe this is how this has always been done?

A question that I was asked recently was if the Kirby family is still sponsoring the Kirby Science Center or if that was a one time gift? I have NO idea.

Also two long time directors have ‘LEFT’.

Darrin Smith seems to be shaking things up at the Pavilion and spending a lot of money. Not sure if this is a good thing or not?


#1 LJL on 09.08.17 at 8:32 pm

We should start a betting pool for when the first nuckle head kills themselves screwing around on this boondoggle.

ARC of dreams is such a poignant name. I know when I see pointy metal structures all I can think is DREAMS….

OK….that was sarcasm for you low information over posters.

#2 Emoluments Clause on 09.09.17 at 1:17 pm

Perhaps in Saddam’s world easements are not necessary…. 😉

But seriously, I am glad to see that they plan to honor the life and work of Mr. Metli near the Arc. And they plan to add other names to this memorial too, who contributed greatly to the city of Sioux Falls overtime, which I think is great as well. But will any of the names on the memorial be known for restoring the middle class in Sioux Falls, ending the wage collusion, and fighting for basic middle class values?…. Only time will tell….

#3 linda on 09.10.17 at 6:03 am

seems they are out to clean the city monies dry what about the city going broke because of what ? amazon and online spending . well this proves its not so. Irresponsible spending .SAME WITH CITY GOVERMENT . I get irritated driving by the 300 building yes that huge building going to waste.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 09.10.17 at 10:04 am

Rather than the Arc, how about a Zip Line? Something more practical, profitable, popular, and less embarrassing. The Saddam landmark represents how wealth spans and steals from public resources. Perhaps area graffiti will emphasize this problem. It’s ironic wealthy interests spent millions to make themselves look bad.

#5 l3wis on 09.10.17 at 2:07 pm

A zipline would be a much more popular tourist attraction than this, no doubt.

This is a monument to the rich. Like I have said in an earlier post, just think of all the wonderful things you could have built/made in public art projects for $1.6 million? Hundreds of mini-art projects could have been made. The lack of vision is astounding.

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