University Museums

Title: One, Now, All
Name: Installation
Date: 2000
Medium: Limestone, brass, water, terrazzo, waterfall blocks
Dimensions: Waterfall: 336 x 213 in. (853.4 x 541 cm) Terrazzo Floor: 240 x 360 in. (609.6 x 914.4 cm) Wall: 504 x 420 in. (1280.2 x 1066.8 cm)
Classification: Architecture, Architectural Ornamentation and Elements
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Art in State Buildings Program for the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building. Funded in part by Janet Palmer Lipcon and Eli Lipcon, David Raeder Palmer and Debe Palmer, Charles Mitchell Palmer and Patricia Palmer in honor of their grandparents, Iowa State alumni Florence M. Raeder and Irving B. Raeder. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Palmer Building
Object Number: U2000.53
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One, Now, All is a work of art integrated into the architecture of the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building. The art work includes a water wall, engraved words and terrazzo flooring. The words engraved into the stone are representative of the words that are spoken by people of all ages. The shallow engraved words represent youthful words and express the ability to use simple phrases: stop, save, go. The descriptive and deeply engraved words are associated with more complex and abstract meanings: pain, rest, forever. Carved high into the wall are the larger scale words, ONE, NOW and ALL. These three words symbolize the uniting of the individual, family and community.

The water in the sculpture represents continuity, it does not start or stop. "The sound of the water will be soothing," Norie Sato said. "Kids will be able to put their hands into the water." Sato wanted to create a child friendly work of art, one children not only can related to but can interact with.

The panels were cut vertically in Anamosa limestone to produce the rough side of the wall and horizontally cut to produce the smooth side for the text. Anamosa, Iowa is the birthplace of artist Grant Wood and Sato said, "I guess you could say it is my ode to Grant Wood."


Norie Sato was born on July 19, 1949 in Sendai, Japan. She graduated in 1971 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine arts in printmaking and in 1974 with
a Masters of Fine arts in printmaking and video from the University of Washington. Sato has extensive and diverse experience in public art, ranging from the Dallas Convention
Center Expansion to the Portland, Oregon City Hall Renovation, to transit projects in Seattle and Salt Lake City. Over the last 20 years, more then 15 solo exhibitions of her art have been shown across the United States. She has also participated in over 30 group exhibitions worldwide. Sato has received many awards for her body of work including the Artists Trust Fellowship for media artists, the Washington State Arts commission for her video-related work of art, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
award. In 1998, she received honor awards from the National Terrazzo Association and the International Masonry Institute for her terrazzo floors at the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center. She has also been an artist-in-residence at universities of art schools nationwide, as well as holding short-term teaching positions at Cornish College for the Arts, the University of Michigan and Western Washington University.