Dimensions: 29 x 23 1/2 in. (73.7 x 59.7 cm)
Marks: J.A.M. Studios, Blaine, Minnesota
Credit Line: Bronze cast by the Iowa Art In State Buildings Program for Reiman Gardens. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State University, Reiman Gardens
The round bronze fountain has bas reliefs of children, from toddler to youth, at play. As you view the fountain in the round, the children are dancing together and holding hands. Two young girls, wearing flowing dresses hold hand of two smaller children followed by two girls, a dog, a child, with tennis racket, and two boys wearing shorts.
This is a bronze cast of a plaster sculpture (88.39) created by Christian Petersen in 1938 as a possible drinking fountain for the Ames' Brookside Park. This was never completed. In 1986 the College of Family and Consumer Sciences purchurchased the plaster scultpure, and the rights to reproduce the fountain. This bronze is one of two posthumous castings; the other cast is for a drinking fountain at the Palmer Building play ground.