“Rungs to Rings” is a sculpture piece made of welded steel (1.125 inch thick plates) with laser cut 10 inch circles painted with bright red automotive paint. The artwork stands eight feet high and weighs 350 pounds. The piece suggests a pillar or column or ladder that combines two bi-dimensional planes ornamented with a repeating circle motif. The red suggests a Scarlet Tanager in the woods along the river bank.
David Versluis works extensively as an artist, teacher, designer and art director. Versluis holds an MFA from Western Michigan University, and has taught graphic design and studio art at Dordt College in Iowa since 2001. He has served as Department Chair since 2013.
Versluis has had solo exhibitions at Trinity Christian College, Dordt College, Chicago State University, and Luther College in Iowa. A collaborative show with Roy R. Behrens was shown at South Suburban College in Chicago in 2016. A Versluis/Behrens collaborative print was selected for the acclaimed 27th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University.
"Rungs to Rings" is part of a rotating exhibition of sculptures and is eligible for the 2017-2018 People's Choice Award. The piece can be purchased for personal acquisition or as a gift to the City for $3,000.