Lowe Park Amphitheater Custom Architectural Steel

Completed in 2013, the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts was completed in Marion, Iowa. This amphitheater project was a partnership program of the Marion Chamber’s Imagine8 community visioning process initiated in 2008. The $1.7 million project received generous support at the local, county and state levels. The venue features a 50-foot wide stage, a sub-stage and an oak leaf-like sculptured canopy made of Corten steel by Barnes Manufacturing and architectural design by RDG.

This project allowed featured many custom manufacturing processes including concepting, scale modeling, materials testing, precision steel cutting, metal bending, welding and assembly.



Lowe Park Ampitheater structure lit at night

Completed Lowe Park Amphitheater at night

partnership image of ampitheater project

This project was a true partnership between the city and people of Marion, Iowa, RDG architects and Barnes Manufacturing. Image credit RDG.

RGB artist concept for Lowe Park Amphitheater

Barnes Manufacturing took the architectural concept through a project and materials feasibility review in the planning stage. Image credit RDG.

6 small pictures of ampitheater small scale model

A scale model is built and exposed to nature to understand the final result on the material.

oak leaves being built in metal

Barnes machinists and fabricators work on the leaf structures.

Bob and Tom Barnes inspect a crossbar for the amphitheater

Tom and Bob Barnes inspect the support cross for the amphitheater structure.

senator chuck grassley talks with the Barnes team

Senator Chuck Grassley hears about the community project from manufacturing team leaders Tom and Bob Barnes.

support bridge is welded into place

Steel cross support is readied for welding.

structure takes shape in the field

Amphitheater structure takes shape in Lowe Park.

leaf ascends for placement

One of the steel leaves starts its ascent to the top of the structure.

canopy for amphitheater is completed

The canopy is completed and ready for lighting.

amphitheater assembly complete

With the canopy complete, the amphitheater is another design-to-delivery Barnes project.

lowe park amphitheater barnes manufacturing

The Marion community can now enjoy summer concerts and events in the beautiful natural surroundings.