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Hometown to the World Peggy and Steve Kittelson Contact Peggy and Steve Via Email

December 11, 2019 marked the dedication of the “Hometown to the World” public art installation by Steve and Peggy Kittelson. For almost a year, the Kittelsons have been designing and creating a three foot diameter mosaic glass globe using colors and textures of stained glass to make the continents and oceans around the globe. The globe rotates on a metal base and is surrounded by three swiveling teleidoscopes, each having a different mirror system for a different image. The surface of the globe has been embellished with fused dichroic creatures that identify with their location – penguins in Antarctica; panda bear in China; elephant, giraffe, camels, and pyramids in Africa; whales, sharks, tropical fish, flowers, birds, and other surprises for the viewer to find. It is an outside installation in a small park amid wildflowers in Postville, Iowa, and represents the diversity of Postville. The project is part of the statewide “Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative” and was made possible through a National Endowment of the Arts grant secured by the Northeast Iowa RC&D in part with the Byways of Iowa Foundation. This piece is one of 16 public art installations across Iowa in Scenic Byways Corridor communities. The idea is that these 16 pieces as a whole will encourage people to travel to these rural towns to see the art in person and experience the beauty and creativity in rural Iowa.


Kaleidoscope Created: 2019
Kaleidoscope Sub Type: Sculptural/Oversized/Outdoors
This is a kaleidoscope open to the public: 101 E Greene Street, Postville, IA
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Type of Edition: One Of A Kind
Kaleidoscope Construction: 3 Metal Kaleidoscopes Pointed At A Large Globe Covered With Mosaic Glass Pieces
Number of Mirror Systems: 3
Mirror System #1:
2 Mirror, 6 Point
Mirror System #2:
3 Mirror, 6 Point
Mirror System #3:
3 Mirror, 3 Point
Mirror System: Equilateral

Cell/Object Type: Large Glass Covered Globe
Object Cell Contents: Glass
Image features
  • Mandala
  • Full Field

Lighting features: Ambient
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database entry by: Karen and Doug Norman