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artwork in Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Movement & Vitality.
DROSTLE, GARY
2010
main entrance foyer
cut glass mosaic
14'
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Gary Drostle's Movement & Vitality, a circular mosaic set in the floor, depicts abstractly the Olympic sports offered in this facility. The figures are displayed in motion, as if captured in time. A sense of swirling action is achieved by the artist in this energetic portrayal of sports.

Each mosaic tile forming this piece was hand cut and assembled by the artist and his mosaic-schooled assistants in London then shipped to the United States in sections for installation.

Gary Drostle is an award winning mosaic artist who is based in London. Using both ancient and modern techniques, his mosaics focus on how the bigger issues of life can be reflected in the ordinary and everyday. Elected President of the British Association of Modern Mosaics, Drostle’s teaching instruction and mosaic creation has spanned England and the United States.
 
River of Life.
DROSTLE, GARY
2010
main foyer
cut glass mosaic
48"x12'
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Gary Drostle's River of Life, a horizontal mosaic set in the floor, depicts a river connecting our most ancient cultures symbolizing a path of life. The mouth of the river represents a gateway and the winding curves of the river symbolize the path to enlightenment. The river is both the bringer of life and the purification of health. The patterns along the river’s edge reference both Native American art and American quilts. This river represents the meandering pattern of both the Iowa River and an individual’s journey through life.

Each mosaic tile forming this piece was hand cut and assembled by the artist and his mosaic-schooled assistants in London then shipped to the United States in sections for installation.

Gary Drostle is an award winning mosaic artist who is based in London. Using both ancient and modern techniques, his mosaics focus on how the bigger issues of life can be reflected in the ordinary and every day. Elected President of the British Association of Modern Mosaics, Drostle’s teaching instruction and mosaic creation has spanned England and the United States.
 
Swimmer.
NOWLAN, LAWRENCE
2009
second floor pool entrance
bronze high relief
4'x7'
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The Swimmer forever immortalized in Larry Nowlan’s high-relief, bronze sculpture is Jack Sieg, the varsity swimmer who helped Coach Dave Armbruster make his last and most well-known discovery in 1932: the butterfly stroke.

Nowlan's work is based on a photograph of Seig that Armbruster had commissioned to help study the athlete’s movement, and document the new invention. Nowlan worked from this photograph to create a dynamic high relief, similar to the Ironmen relief, in Kinnick Stadium.

Larry Nowlan, a Vermont sculptor, was an artist of the new school of realism. He was inspired by both the past and the natural world, yet did not copy directly from nature. Many of his works directly reflect the humanity, emotions, troubles and triumphs of an individual. He was first attracted to sculpture by the powerful forms of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and preceded to enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1993 followed by a MA at the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art.