Andrew Anderson



A Story of Invention and Re-invention of America’s Heartland

The Muscatine River Monster is an inflatable sculpture installation and interactive character. The purpose is to amaze and delight the people who see it – and to both show Muscatine’s incredible and ongoing story of innovation and to show people that cities across the Midwest can be great places for artists and creative business people.  The “Legend of the Kraken” tells the story (3 minute read).

The River Monster character interacts with fans through it’s social media channels.  The online voice of the River Monster is described as an “enthusiastic supporter of creative and innovative ideas.”

The sculpture and character were created by Andrew K. Anderson, Jacob Lane, and Ethan Anderson.

Story and inspiration behind the Muscatine River Monster:


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Old Iowa Capital, Iowa City. Photo by Miles Dietz.

Muscatine Riverfront Park

July 4th Fireworks. Photo by Andrew Anderson


Select Press

Love Where You Live – Creative Emotionally Engaging Places, published Jan, 2015. Author: Peter Kageyama

Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe – Iowa Public Radio, June 13th, 2011 |  Listen to the show

Eastern Iowa Life, June 11, 2011 – “Kraken Sighting Confirmed”

Muscatine Journal, June 5th, 2011 – “Muscatine artists think outside the box … and the building

Muscatine Journal, May 19th, 2011 – “DoNight Club members let the creativity flow

Muscatine Journal, May 17th, 2011 – “Release the Kraken! Artist plans sculpture to promote Muscatine