A new breath of life

Monday, November 25, 2019
Main Street Manager Mary Reynolds and community volunteer Cheryl Bolser stand next to one of the ice cream cones which recently got a makeover.

LE MARS — Two staples in a Le Mars art project have recently received a makeover.

The fiberglass ice cream cones at Foster Park and in front of Northwest Bank are a part of an effort to brighten some of the cones that needed a newly refreshed look.

“We have noticed that some cones are in need of repair,” said Mary Reynolds, co-chair of the Public Art Project. “We have set aside some money to take care of the cones that were donated and placed on public property.”

Community volunteer Cheryl Bolser used her talents to bolster the two cones with vivid, bright designs.

At Foster Park, the cone was relocated by the gazebo, and repainted in a design of birds and branches.

“It was felt that placing the cone by the gazebo would allow for more people to enjoy it during band concerts, picnics, and etcetera,” Reynolds stated.

The cone at the Northwest Bank corner offered a complete transformation bringing a unique image of artistry to the cone.

“The colorful cone was the inspiration of Bolser,” Reynolds said. “The colorful design has to make visitors to Le Mars smile.”

The project was started in 2013 after Reynolds saw Chicago had done a similar project with fiberglass animals and knew Le Mars could do the same kind of public art project here.

“The fiberglass ice cream cones go along with our branding of the town — ice cream. What is more fun than eating an ice cream cone,” Reynolds said.

Fifty-five cones are a part of the public art project which is a joint effort by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Le Mars, and the Le Mars Art Council.

Reynolds said Jacqui Penne will be repainting the cone for the Le Mars Arts Center, with more cones to be commissioned.

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