Lynette Pohlman, University Museums, (515) 294-3342
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720
REPAIRED IOWA STATE SCULPTURE TO BE REINSTALLED
AMES, Iowa An Iowa State University Christian Petersen sculpture
vandalized in September will be reinstalled on Monday, Jan. 22.
Petersen's "Marriage Ring" will be reinstalled in the foyer of MacKay Hall
at approximately 9 a.m. Repair work on the vandalized sculpture (also known
as "The Ring of Life" and "Wedding Ring") was done in the Nuclear
Engineering Laboratory on campus. It will be moved from the laboratory at
approximately 8:30 a.m.
The Petersen sculpture, which was a gift to the university from students in
the class of 1941, depicts several children playing around a fountain. On
Thursday, Sept. 14, the head of one of the children was removed and stolen.
The head was found broken into several pieces on Sept. 19.
Francis Miller, with Conservation Technical Associates, Connecticut, began
the repair work on the sculpture in early January. The highly specialized
work, which cost more than $36,000, involved cleaning the entire sculpture,
putting the broken head back together, reinstalling the head on the
sculpture and repairing cracks. After the sculpture is returned to MacKay
Hall, Miller will spend one or two days doing final detail work, including
painting the filled areas between the cracks.