2006 Art on the River Sculpture The Wheel That Won the West
Tom Gibbs - Dubuque, Iowa
Tom Gibbs derives his themes from 20th century music and philosophy, and his forms are inspired by the concrete world of natural landscape and mechanical technology. The influence of time on all of these things is expressed in his work by a dynamic between destruction and construction, degeneration and generation, and negative and positive momentum.
The forms in The Wheel That Won the West are as layered as the limestone bluffs which are so much a part of the landscape in his native Dubuque.