VEISHEA ART: ISU Fountain Unveiling

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Just in time for Iowa State’s VEISHEA, an old piece of art is getting a new life.

“We’re known for our beautiful landscapes and our gorgeous buildings but in 1934 with the installation of this we also became known for our public art collection, which is now the nation’s largest public art collection,” said Lynette Pohlman of University Museums.

For nearly 30 years, the fountain called the History of Dairying, did not have water. Crews cut the lines at the Food Sciences Building after a new addition was built.

Now the fountain has been repaired adding a new filtration system to recirculate the water. It gives the impression the cows in the fountain are drinking from a trough.

The fountain was created by Christian Petersen whose numerous pieces of artwork can be seen in the museum named after him. He was the nation’s first permanent campus artist-in-residence and taught at ISU from 1934 through 1955.

This particular piece is a little concealed. It’s in a courtyard only accessible if you go through the Food Sciences Building.

Iowa State is hosting a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday as part of the VEISHEA festivities on campus.

The public is invited to attend.