Happy Earth Week!
In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Daily Palette is celebrating earth-friendly art all this week. We are honoring Iowa-connected artists who show respect for our planet through their work.
Hilde DeBruyne is a Belgian-born artist living just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. She studied art and art history in Belgium before coming to the United States. A sculptor who works in metal and clay, DeBruyne creates both small and large scale works of art. Her work is often abstract and she is known for her use of texture and curved lines.
Wings of Change is currently on view on Main Street in Ames, Iowa. Many of DeBruyne's other public sculptures are located in Iowa as well. You can find them in cities such as West Des Moines, Des Moines, City of Clive, Ottumwa, and Indianola.
The artist writes, "My recent work includes several organic, metal sculptures related to the metamorphosis of butterflies. I hope to draw attention to the declining monarch population. Because of their impressive process of metamorphosis, butterflies are a symbol of transformation. By observing butterflies, we can relate them to our own lives. Each of us transforms through multiple stages in our life: moments of growing pains, times of hunger and vulnerability followed by moments of tremendous energy, growth, wonder, and amazement."
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