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Exciting public art is not just for big cities and international hot spots. While they certainly get the lion's share, you'd be surprised where some fun designs show up -- like Boone, Iowa. Smack in the middle of the Hawkeye state, Boone is a small coal mining town on the banks of the Des Moines River Valley. Artist David B. Dahlquist recently revamped the city's High Trestle Trail Bridge with a simple yet exciting new design. Making no changes or alterations to the bed of the bridge itself, Dahlquist mounted large steel picture frames to the sides of the road and set them askew from one another to creative a vortex effect. Seen along the horizon, the installation comes fast and unexpectedly, rolling atop the flat landscape.
A few years ago the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation called for artists to liven up the area. Dahlquist designed the twisted model as a purely sculptural experience with no function. The beams are strategically spaced so when one drives or walks down the bridge it creates a tilting tunnel or camera shutter effect. It even lights up at night for a truly exciting travel experience.