Two new pieces of public art are coming to downtown Hastings this week.
Two sculptures by local artist Dale Lewis will be installed for public display in Levee Park on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9:30 a.m.
“Leatherback Turtle” and “I AM the Walrus” will be located under the Hastings Bridge on loan to the city until spring 2022.
Lewis is an award-winning sculptor based in Hastings and is known for his massive metal sculptures that often depict various animals.
Passionate about recycling, Lewis uses scrap metal and found objects to create artwork and keep metal out of landfills.
The tusks of his sculpture "I AM the Walrus" were created from four pieces of scrap Harley Davidson chrome trim he found in a junk yard.
Lewis also uses real life experiences from traveling to gain inspiration for his sculptures.
For example, when traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, he saw tracks from a Leatherback turtle in the sand on the beach and got the inspiration to create “Leatherback Turtle.”
“I saw the tracks from the turtle one morning from their nest and it just looked amazing,” Lewis said. “It looked like a bulldozer had climbed out of the ocean and made a nest.”
“Leatherback Turtle” will be located under the Hastings Bridge in the gravel, south of the walking path along the river while “I AM the Walrus” will be located under the Hastings Bridge near the mosaic murals.
To learn more about Lewis's sculptures and to see over 100 of his large-scale works of art, visit his website www.ArtistDaleLewis.com.