CLINTON — An outdoor sculpture has been installed North of Lubbers Fountain in Riverview Park as part of the Great Places projects.

The sculpture, titled “River’s Edge,” was created by Mac Hornecker, who began the installation of the sculpture on Friday morning. Utilizing a crane, the sculpture installation took several hours to complete.

On Dec. 13, Gateway Area Cultural Alliance President Jennifer Pauckner addressed the council regarding the sculpture. She said a call for artist submissions was offered to solicit designs for the proposed sculpture and when plans were compiled, a public vote was taken to determine the winning artist and sculpture.

A professor of sculpture for 30 years with more than 30 permanent private and public collections holding his works, Hornecker is represented by galleries in Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, Springfield and the Olson Larsen Gallery of West Des Moines, which deemed him “possibly the Midwest’s most distinguished sculptor.” One of Hornecker’s recent commissioned works, “Prairie Emergence,” is a 22-foot by 12-foot-by-15-foot, steel and ferro concrete sculpture on permanent display at the Market Place Mall in Clive.

Pauckner said in a visit to Riverview Park, Hornecker thought the site was an excellent space for the proposed sculpture. She said the design reflects the river’s ambiance and will be made of concrete and steel. She said the sculpture will be seen easily by those who walk along Riverview Drive. Pauckner noted that the Riverview Park Commission approved the site. The council approved a resolution authorizing placement of the sculpture in Riverview Park on Jan. 8. The total project budget for the sculpture was $60,000 and funded in part with a legislative grant awarded to the city as an Iowa Great Place.

“This project aims to bring public art — a large sculpture or collection of sculptures — of exceptional quality to the Clinton riverfront as a way of drawing attention to the many aesthetic and quality of life developments along the Mississippi River,” the Iowa Great Places Web site states.

According to project officials, a date for the formal unveiling of the sculpture will be announced in the future.