- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sculptures of different shapes and sizes were being installed Tuesday around downtown Mason City as part of a popular arts program that displays the pieces for a year.

More than 20 sculptures were expected to be installed as part of the River City Sculptures on Parade program. The latest installations mark the program’s second year, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1uvm3hp ).

Artists from Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota contributed sculptures to the program this year. The pieces are available for sale or lease, and items not purchased at the end of the display period are rotated out with new pieces. During the first year, many of the pieces were purchased by private individuals or organizations.

The themes of the sculptures vary. One shows a dog chasing a Frisbee; another shows a farmer.

Sculptor Martha Pettigrew of Kearney, Nebraska, had a piece on display for the first year, and has two for this second year. One features a little rabbit inspired by jackrabbits in Japan.

“Once in a while I’ve got to break down and do whimsical animals,” she said. “They make people smile.”

The program is run by River City Sculptures on Parade, a nonprofit group.

Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer called the program a success, and added that it’s gone beyond expectations.

“It’s inspiration on every corner,” he said.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/