Art in Plain Sight: Moline War Memorial by C.S. Paolo
Another article in the occasional series by Bruce Walters for the River Cities Reader in the Quad Cities. This time Bruce looks at a very impressive sculpture, a war memorial, in downtown Moline.
A large cast-bronze war memorial has stood in downtown Moline for roughly eight decades. On the sculpture’s north side is the imagery one might expect on such a memorial: an idealized soldier holding an American flag under the spread wings of an eagle. Rising through the sculpture’s center is a towering flag pole.
This is not the oldest war memorial in the Quad Cities, nor is it the most prominent or grandest. It is, however, a thoughtful – perhaps even profound – sculptural group of five figures.