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'American Gothic' figures will look over Iowa fair

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 4 2014 10:38AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The iconic figures in Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic" have taken up temporary residence at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

A 25-foot-tall replica of the farmer and his daughter will remain at the fairgrounds in east Des Moines for the next six months.

Peter Cownie, executive director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, says his father, Jim Cownie, and central Iowa businessman Bill Knapp paid $30,000 to lease the sculpture.

The artwork by Seward Johnson was completed in 2007 and has been displayed in several locations, including Chicago, Dubuque and most recently at Simpson College in Indianola.

Iowa artist Grant Wood painted "American Gothic" in 1930, and it was first displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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04/04/2014 10:39AM
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