Coursing Through Life

Submitted by Lynn Basa

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Client: University of Northern Iowa

Location: Cedar Falls, IA, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $80,000

Project Team

Terrazzo fabricator

Jason Zarwell

Wisconsin Terrazzo

UNI Public Art Incubator

Tom Stancliffe

University of Northern Iowa

Overview

The artwork symbolizes the significant social and intellectual evolution that occurs in students during the course of their college education. The artwork enters the building as white on black, blends and switches in the center at the student gathering area, and exits as black on white. It represents the numerous influences that form and change students from the time they enter college to the time they graduate and has become a destination point on campus to show visitors.

Goals

The goal was to create an artwork that would guide students to the elevator and student gathering area.

Process

After I came up with the idea for a floor design that ebbs and flows like a river, the architect told me that she had conceived of the renovation of the atrium as a canyon. It always feels good when my intuition is in harmony with the place.