THE FIFTH MUSE

2016

Marston Hall, Iowa State University, Ames

Using Iowa State’s engineering laboratories, facilities and people for input, fabrication and intellectual contributions, this public work of art expresses the diversity and range of study and activities at the College of Engineering. Referring to the historic four Marston Muses on the building’s exterior, this sculpture looks at the present and into the future of engineering as well as the past, while the original Muses visually expressed engineering at the turn of the 20th Century. The over 100 objects suspended from the structure, alluding to a wheel and a turbine connected by the infinity symbol, tell many stories, and viewers are encouraged to interpret and develop their own stories and connections between objects. The Marston Water Tower, an iconic structure on campus, hangs like a plumb bob, its legs swirling into the hanging objects as if it were becoming a cyclone, further connecting the hanging elements.

16'8" x 7'6" x 12'

Mixed media and lighting

Iowa State University Art on Campus