Name: Benches, Environmental Installation
Classification: Architecture, Architectural Ornamentation and Elements
Credit Line: Commissioned by the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program for the Center for Designing Foods To Improve Nutrition. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State University, Human Nutritional Science
This courtyard is a time line of the food chain and the steps or choices that a person makes regarding food each day. As you walk into the courtyard, you become aware of the food around you and your own personal decisions about the food which you eat. The foods we choose, healthy fruits and meats, or greasy cholesterol- filled junk food, determine the amount of risk we take concerning our health. As we travel down the path, a succession of steps takes place. We start with our decisions about what we eat then move on to food preparation and food consumption, as represented by the red structure where people may sit and enjoy food. Finally, our path ends on a bench under a large tree where we can relax as we process our meal. The overall theme for the courtyard is that "the consumer is the heart of nutrition." When you sit down to share food, you are not only nurturing the human body but also the human spirit.