University Museums

Title: Veterinary Medicine Mural
Name: Bas relief
Date: 1937
Medium: Terra cotta
Dimensions: 76 1/16 x 275 x 6 in. (193.2 x 698.5 x 15.2 cm)
Marks: None
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Commissioned by the Iowa State College for the Veterinary Quadrangle. In the Christian Petersen Collection, Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Location: Iowa State University, Veterinary Medicine, South courtyard, entrance
Object Number: U88.71
More Information
The bas relief mural was originally created to beautify the dusty courtyard of Iowa State's former veterinary quadrangle, now Lagomarcino Hall. The mural portrays major research and development milestones in veterinary medicine. It emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, as each depends on the other for survival, with veterinarians protecting and conserving the life and well being of domesticated animals. At the time of its production, the mural represented the future of veterinary medicine, with professionals trained in the science and the newest technologies that applied to both human and animal medicine.
Published References: Delong, Lea Rosson. "When Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow: Grant Wood and Christian Petersen Murals" (University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa)