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Art in Plain Sight: Black Hawk Mural
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Art

Category: Feature Stories

2015-02-12 16:21:47

Photo by Bruce Walters

The height of the five-story Black Hawk mural in the Rock Island District is what first catches our eye. Our attention continues to be held as we begin to realize that much of the mural is a painted illusion of three-dimensional space – blended seamlessly with actual architectural forms. Its most compelling aspect, however, may be the clash of values between Native American culture and ours that can be discovered in the work.


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Art in Plain Sight: The Black Hawk Statue
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Art

Category: Feature Stories

2010-11-09 14:32:55

(Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series on the history of public art in the Quad Cities.)

Photo by Bruce WaltersStanding on a ridge overlooking the Rock River, an 18-ton granite statue of Black Hawk dominates the space before the Watch Tower Lodge at the Black Hawk State Historic Site (1510 46th Avenue in Rock Island). This is near the location of the Native American village Saukenuk, the largest settlement in Illinois when it became a state in 1818. The statue’s commanding presence tells us that this was a man of great importance.


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