The scale of the sculpture

West Twin Park was buzzing with activity Thursday as artists and community members gathered for the second day of the third annual Art in Boone River Country Sculpture Contest.

Five entries vied for the people’s choice award, which was chosen by public ballot voting. The returning people’s choice award winner Tim Adams was once again chosen for the honor for his sculpture titled “The Principle of Inertia.” The sculpture, which is supported by three large, metal legs, comes together at the top to support a free-hanging pendulum and bowl of sand.

When pushed, the pendulum swings and creates patterns in the sand. The sculpture also includes several rocks sitting in between the legs of the piece, which allows viewers to sit and watch the pendulum work.

“I really like that kids and adults can come around and play with it,” Adams said. “Plus, when it’s all said and done, I want to be able to do something with it rather than just store it somewhere. I want it to go somewhere and be part of something and have a life after this.”

The interactivity of the piece was one of the positive notes that judge David Boelter, Buena Vista University professor, gave to Adams as he gave his thoughts about the piece to the public. Boelter is also a returning face for the contest, as he judged last year’s sculpture contest.

Adams said the sculpture required a lot of effort, with 50 to 60 hours being put into it. He actually completed the piece in just about a week, scrapping an earlier idea for the pendulum. Adams said he appriciated having a professional like Boelter come to the event to give him notes on his piece.

“He sees this every day, and we’re kind of out here in the sticks by ourselves,” Adams said.

Boelter did have many notes for Adams at the event. Boelter said one of the most interesting parts of outdoor sculptures for him is how they interact with nature. They compete for our attention with the large trees, they’re exposed to the elements, and they’re always available for people to see.

“You can also view them from close up, view them from far away, look at them from different angles, and really harness the three-dimensional aspect of the art of the sculpture,” Boelter said.

On that note, Boelter said he wished it was windier out so the pendulum would move around. He also was not sure how the sand might interact with rain, but he did like the mixture of the manmade metal elements and the natural rocks and sand present in the sculpture. He also liked how the element of the patterns the pendulum drew in the sand added another visual element to the sculpture.

Adams’ piece, along with the four other sculptures in the contest, will continue to be available for viewing at West Twin Park indefinitely.