Zephyr Blue Persian Set with Tangerine Lip Wraps</i>, photo by Pat Beck, 2011<i>

Public Art in Iowa

The State of Iowa has a rich art culture that includes many wonderful works of public art. These artworks may be commissioned by the state, by private organizations, or even by generous individuals, and can be found at airports, in hospitals, schools and universities, and even alongside highways! The Daily Palette is happy to feature these works created for the enrichment of our communities and the delight of our visitors.

Zephyr Blue Persian Set with Tangerine Lip Wraps, photo by Pat Beck, 2011, Glass, 21" x 26" x 30", 1999

Many of the artworks commissioned through the Art in State Buildings program are created by Iowa artists, but not all. Dale Chihuly is world-renowned for his spectacular glass works, and his exhibits are always blockbusters: more than 1 million viewers visited the Tower of David Museum to see his "Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem" installations there! Mr. Chihuly was born in Tacoma, WA, and was first drawn to working with glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. Later he studied glass more intensively at the University of Wisconsin, home to the first glass program in the country. He would eventually go on to establish the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Be sure to follow the link below to read more about one of the most innovative artists in the country, and to feast your eyes on more of his art!

As described on the Public Art Archive (linked below), Zephyr Blue Persian Set with Tangerine Lip Wraps "consists of nine differently shaped vessels, eight of which are nested into the largest form. The primary color is cobalt blue with numerous red parallel lines, swirls, and an outline of bright orange. The entire sculpture sits within a specially designed and constructed pedestal and vitrine cover with a black lacquered top surface to optimize the reflective properties of the piece." It was installed in Russell Hall at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music on April 22, 2011, purchased with funds from the Iowa Art in State Buildings program.

Public Art Archive

Dale Chihuly online

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