Carver Biomedical Research Facility – U. of Iowa



Clam Fisherman – Muscatine, Iowa


Continuing the Muscatine story from my previous post, this is the statue on the Mississippi River in Muscatine, Iowa that represents the clam fishermen that supplied the button industry in this small Iowa town

The Button Factory – Muscatine, Iowa


It all began in 1890 when a man named Boepple, from Germany, cut his foot on a shell while swimming in the Mississippi. Boepple had made buttons from horn in Germany and noticed that the shell had a pearly color and was quite hard. He determined it would make an ideal material for buttons.  He gathered up a few shells, rigged up an old lathe at home and proceeded to cut a dozen buttons. He sold these to a Muscatine store for ten cents. Prior to this time most of the buttons used in America were imported.  Boepple sold a man name Molis on the potential money to be made using clam shells for buttons. He asked Molis to lend him $10 to get started. The two men went to New York to obtain orders and as they traveled, told the story of the plentiful supply of clams in the Muscatine area. People came from all over to make their fortune in the Button Business.  Today, their factory is a renovated restaurant in Muscatine which is known as the “Pearl Capital of the Mississippi”.  from

University of Iowa School of Art and Art History


Designed by well known Architect Stephen Holl, the new School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa is a hybrid instrument of open edges and open center; instead of an object, the building is a “formless” instrument. Implied rather than actual volumes are outlined in the disposition of spaces. Flat or curved planes are slotted together or assembled with hinged sections. Flexible spaces open out from studios in warm weather. The main horizontal passages are meeting places with interior glass walls that reveal work-in-progress. from wikipedia.

Iowa Advanced Technologies Laboratory – U. of Iowa


The laboratory building, designed by Frank Gehry, is a collection of sculptural forms that is expressive of movement and energy similar to the aims of streamline design, but with a very different vocabulary. Each functional element of the project is clad in a different material from steel to copper to stone.

What Does it All Mean?

This is the 2004 sculpture installed outside the Adler Journalism Building at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. The name of this sculpture is Iacto (iacto), which may be from the Latin iactare throw or cast& (as in broadcast). Sanborn has had work exhibited at the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum. He has been commissioned to create artwork for such sites as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Levitt Center for University Advancement


University of Iowa. This is another shot of the building I posted last week.