I create large (8'+) scale functional sculpture and public art composed of recycled metal, native limestone, indigenous field stone, and LED lighting. I use materials that are rugged, last forever, and weather naturally without needing maintenance or care. I cut, form, pound, and weld steel. I cut, chisel, and hammer stone. I have spent my life learning to create, pose, and manipulate materials as art. My inspiration is drawn from the natural forces of wind, water, and sun that I experience working outside in the elements as a Landscape Architect. Shade patterns and wind movement are the two natural forces I incorporate in all of my designs. Shadow pat- terns cast during the day and created with LED lighting at night create an ever changing sculpture. The changing seasons also create another dimension to my sculptures and impact the shadows and mood of my sculptures. Movement in the wind creates an element of mystery and intrigue and I strive to incorporate movement in my sculptures to enhance the pieces. In addition, to shade patterns and wind movement, I always include some level of functionality and cleverness to my pieces so that people can experience the piece as more than just a visual element. All of my pieces are designed to be in context with the surroundings and not just abstract forms plopped in a space. My design process is facilitated by nature. As I am going about tasks, I will randomly notice a small inconspicuous detail in nature that just stops me in my tracks. I make a point to muster the creative energy to capture that detail and moment in my sculptures to recreate that particular moment. Then, months later when I look at that piece, I go back in my memory and retrieve everything about that day--where I was, who was there, the smells, colors, sounds, and weather. In short, my sculpture process is similar to journaling or writing in a diary.
Tim Adams is a 1985 Landscape Architecture graduate of Iowa State University and is a Registered Professional Landscape Architect. Adams owns Stony Creek Landscapes, Inc., Webster City, Iowa, a full service landscape design/build firm. He is also a lifelong student of the arts and creates and installs one of a kind sculptures for gardens, entry features, parks, churches, municipalities, and schools. Adams's primary medium is steel, native field stone and limestone. His goal is to design sculptures from native and/ or recycled materials that enhance the experience of those who use public and private spaces.
One example of Tim's creative upscaling is his transformation of discarded anhydrous ammonia tanks into works of art. The journey of the material from its use as a carrier of chemicals used to conquer nature to an art piece used to enhance nature is a curious juxtaposition.
Tim's works are positioned in several public spaces. He recently received the Ring Out for Art "People's Choice" award in Jefferson, Iowa, with his sculpture "Resonance". Tim has created a permanent sculpture installation, The Red Bull Memorial, dedicated to members of the Red Bull 34th Infantry Division, in Webster City, Iowa. Other permanent installations include bike racks in the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa, and also in Dubuqe, Iowa; "Seahorse" in Clive, Iowa; and other private garden sculptures custom designed for homeowners and businesses. Tim has current installations with Dubuque Art on the River, Dubuque, Iowa; Art on the Campus in West Des Moines, Iowa; Ames Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Ames, Iowa; Sculpture Tour Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and "Ray" is currently installed in Urbandale, Iowa. Tim is currently working on the installation of a sculpture in Ames, Iowa, with an upcoming installation for Murals & More, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.