University Museums

Title: Christian Petersen
Name: Portrait Sculpture
Date: 2000
Medium: Burned and engraved wood with acrylic paint
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 156 x 42 x 42 in. (396.2 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Sticks, Inc. to celebrate the Brunnier's 25th Anniversary. In the Permanent Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Hixson-Lied Student Success Center
Object Number: U2000.69
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This portrait sculpture of Christian Petersen was made to commemorate the artist and his artistic legacy at Iowa State University.

Always wearing a crisp white shirt with tie, Petersen sculpted with clay and limestone, then ventured into the classroom to teach Iowa State students. He was a man of few words, especially those he recorded himself. However, his wife Charlotte loved language and had much to say about him. The quotes inscribed on the sculpture are mostly the words of Charlotte about her artist husband, or quotes she preserved about him. The heroic scale of the sculpture and the written words provide insights into the artistry and the personality of Christian Petersen.

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