POSTPONED - Fountain of the Four Seasons 75th Anniversary Celebration

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:Memorial Union, north entrance
Contact:University Museums
Channel:University Museums
Categories:Arts, performances, Diversity
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POSTPONED until later this fall - date TBD. Join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of this iconic campus sculpture and the recent plaza renovation as part of the ISU President's beautification initiative. The event will include traditional dancers and the Brown Otter Drum Group from the Meskwaki Settlement as well as remarks by President Steven Leath at 12:30 pm.

According to the notes of the artist Christian Petersen, the Fountain of the Four Seasons was to represent: "...the fullness of the elements...the life giving rains... the calmness of the Indians in the face of the turbulence... tranquil water... tranquility of the Indians... much water symbolizes elemental turbulence." Placed around a circular fountain, four seated Meskwaki women represent an Osage chant of thanksgiving as Petersen wanted to recognize and celebrate American Indians as the first cultivators of the land and connect that heritage back to the agricultural mission of ISU. In 1998, then Iowa State University President Martin Jischke said: "This fountain is a wonderful representation of a way of life and culture through artistic expressions, way of life and culture that are different from the one that most of us know - but one that is an essential part of the history of this state and nation."