Art on the Corner: Green Snapdragon

SCULPTURE: “Green Snapdragon” is near the roundabout at Seventh and Main streets, just east of Avalon Theatre.

ARTIST: John King of Lyons (

DESCRIPTION: This kinetic sculpture’s main piece turns, while the other pieces dip and the “flower” feature spins — gently or quickly — depending on the strength of the breeze. It is made from powder-coated steel in brilliant hues of lime green and red (flower).

INSPIRATION: “Green Snapdragon” just might be watching you, every step of the way. King describes the sculpture’s life-like attributes as “some thinking plant, obviously able to move itself a bit.”

And the way it turns, spins and bobs up and down following visitors as they walk by, one might ask, “is that plant is looking at me?” King said.

“It sets up a completely different relationship, like bears in the woods. It has the ability to go up and down and look around, almost lowering itself to where the people are. You wonder if it’s hunting you,” King said.

“If you live in a world where other creations have their own will, you behave in a different way,” he said, noting he likes the placement of the sculpture — at the east entry to Main Street’s downtown shopping area.

It’s like a sentinel you have to get by to get to the other Main Street attractions, he said.

PAST ENTRIES: King’s “Soaring Bird” was exhibited in the 2009 Art on the Corner exhibit. It was similar in concept to “Green Snapdragon” and was King’s first submission.

— By Tammy Gemaehlich


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