"Heartbeat of the Heartland"
by Zach Bowman
It’s important to find something you’re passionate about in life. Growing up in rural Iowa, I am passionate about where I was raised and where I continue to live. This sculpture is my way of expressing that passion. “Heartbeat of the Heartland” is a stainless steel form in the shape of a seed pod. Due to the process used to cut out the metal, it has the appearance of being very delicate and even lace-like. This pattern represents the idea of Iowa being the central hub for food resources. There is an interconnected network of what looks like roots, rivers, or even branches. With the metal cut away, a spherical form can be seen nestled within the piece. Rusted, mild steel, round tubing with the same interlaced quality elevates the pod seven to ten feet in the air.