One of my favorite settings for shooting my photography is in crappy weather. Rain or snow, or even those icky gray days that make you not want to get out of bed. Those are totally my days. I simply love the even tones of light and the sense of calm and peace that the weather can have on the mood of a photography session. I also love to create contrast through my composition choices and the even lighting helps my photographs to still feel cohesive. It was one of these crappy, gray days that Atizle and I stumbled onto the Architectural Sculpture Park in Davenport, Iowa, near the Village of East Davenport.
The Architectural Sculpture Park
The Architectural Sculpture Park in Davenport, Iowa may be a little known secret to many visitors and residents. This park has some really cool sculptures based on local Davenport architecture, history, and proximity to the Mississippi River. The project was originally facilitated by the Quad City Arts, and it was a community wide partnership with nearly 50 citizens and three local artists with the goal of creating a collaboration that focused on visual interpretations of the industrial, environmental, or human heritage of the Mississippi.
All of these architectural pieces are unique, educational, and allow for children to interact with them. Atty loved exploring the various buildings and was quite upset that the Queen Anne style tower did not have a door that she could go into.
The two pieces that we really loved were the Queen Anne style turret and the block house scene based on the block house at Fort Armstrong on the tip of Arsenal Island. While we were at the Architectural Sculpture park we learned that the Queen Anne style can be found in a lot of the architectural designs in the Village of East Davenport, which is merely a couple blocks away from the Architectural Sculpture Park.
Also, we learned that Fort Armstrong was originally built-in 1816 to establish closer ties with the local Indian tribes (Sauk and Mesquaki), as well as to aid in the fur trade along the Mississippi River. I loved all the informational signs that were placed throughout the park to add educational value and learning to this exploratory adventure.
The Mississippi Riverfront
While Atty was playing and running through the building structures, I turned around and saw a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River. Despite the coming storm, the Mississippi River was fairly calm, but it was also partially frozen. This gave the scene a vintagey mood and made me think of times gone by when this area would have been bustling. I was able to capture a few photos of the distant Interstate 74 bridge, along with the boat marina before it started to rain on us. Thus, ended our adventure at the Architectural Sculpture Park with us both looking a bit like drowned rats.
Have you ever visited the Architectural Sculpture Park in Davenport, Iowa? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! All of these prints are available for purchase at Society 6, simply click on any of the photos that you love and it will take you directly to purchasing options.