Client: City of Columbia, Missouri
Location: Columbia, MO, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $61,730
Lead Artist + Fabricator
Beth Nybeck LLC
Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
This sculpture is inspired by a tiger lily seedpod–a structure that is symbolic of community and family. The sculpture forms a network that works together in collaboration to help bring about a stronger and more brilliant future.
The Molly Bowden Police Station serves as a link between the community and the Columbia Police Department. It was a critical for the artwork to serve as a catalyst for conversation and bridge building. The artwork was also meant to honor and pay tribute to the life and legacy of Officer Molly Bowden.
The sculpture is placed within the plaza space to transform the experience people have as they enter into the building. The artwork is airy, inviting and approachable.
Officer Molly Bowden, gave her life serving and protecting the community. Nestled inside the seedpod is a stand-alone seed. I created a dialogue with the community that reflected on the life, legacy and impact Molly had. Their responses are cut out of the golden seed and allow light to illuminate their words at night.
Sculpture Details: Indivisible, 2021, Aluminum + Powder-coated Stainless, 10’ x 8’ x 9’, Molly Bowden Police Station, Columbia, MO