Sculpture Honors Legacy of Sioux Center Couple

April 28, 2021 11:14am

The Word Tower

The Word Tower

The City of Sioux Center will join the community in dedicating a new sculpture honoring the leadership and contribution of a pair of difference-makers.


The new sculpture, installed at Sioux Center’s Vernon Park, honors Ross and Velma Vernon and will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 30. All are invited to attend the ceremony.


Entitled “The Word Tower,” the 12-foot-tall aluminum structure reflects the legacy the Vernons created in Sioux Center. It features two elements. The lower part is a tall triangular base with diagonal crossed lines.


“This form expresses a communication tower symbolizing the life-long involvement and leadership Ross contributed to the field of telecommunications in northwest Iowa and throughout the state,” said sculptor William Lieb, of Spirit Lake, who created the sculpture.


Vernon worked for Mutual Telephone Company for more than 50 years, serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the company until 2002 and on the Board of Directors until 2009, a visionary leader.


The top part of the sculpture is an upward swirling ribbon, which moves in the breeze.


“This image expresses the passion and energy Ross brought to the Sioux Center community through his 52 years of service on the Sioux Center City Council, his military participation, and as a contributing member of his church and numerous other community organizations,” Lieb said.


The sculpture is being dedicated by the City as well as Premier Communications and Sioux Center Arts.


“The City of Sioux Center is excited to be a part of the dedication of the sculpture and the opportunity to express our gratitude to the legacy of the Vernons,” said City Manager Scott Wynja. “It is fitting and appropriate to have the sculpture dedicated and placed in Vernon Park.”