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Isabel Bloom's Legacy Lives On Through Her Sculptures

Isabel Bloom

Concrete hearts, angels, and puppies… the sculptures of Isabel Bloom have been beloved since the 1950s. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Donna Young about the life of the remarkable Iowa artist behind the whimsical sculptures. 

Young says Bloom's work was unique for her time, not only because she was a woman who owned her own business, but because of the medium she worked with. 

"At the time, cement was used for construction, not art," says Young. 

Young is co-owner of Isabel Bloom's company and apprenticed under Bloom when she first graduated from art school in the 1990s.

This program originally aired on June 13, 2018.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer