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The Cat meets a mouse
Story by Sara Wesselmann, UNI University Relations online magazine and public relations assistant
Artist Arvanetes brings
The University of Northern Iowa offers a unique variety of public art on campus in many colors, shapes and sizes. From the Iowa Cycles in front of Maucker Union to the Balanced/Unbalanced Beaks outside Curris Business Building, its collection of art spans over a century, beginning with the murals of Lang Hall, installed in 1902.
Former UNI President Bill Maucker brought about the beginning of UNI's public art purchase program in 1960 in hopes of promoting the arts and highlighting the liberal arts curriculum.
Nineteen years later in 1979, the State of Iowa passed the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program. Under this law, one-half of 1 percent of the budget for new or significantly renovated state buildings is to be spent on artwork.
There is evidence of the impact of the law across the UNI campus, where artwork graces the grounds of every building and greets students as they enter their classrooms for the day.
The latest piece installed on campus is a sculpture by artist Andrew Arvanetes. His piece is located on the corner of West 23rd street and Merner Avenue, in front of the Multimodal Transportation Center. This newly installed sculpture is called City Mouse.
"When the sculpture was fabricated in this monumental scale, the overall impression of a mouse remained. Like the mechanical mouse recalled from childhood cartoons, the sculpture approaches a threatening demeanor, while its whimsical nature remains dominant," Arvanetes said.
For more information about UNI's campus sculptures, contact Darrell Taylor, director of UNI Gallery of Art at 319-273-6134.