Credit Line: Gift of Marie Hornecker. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Mac Hornecker was a notable sculptor and teacher working throughout the Midwest. He was best known for his large scale public sculptures, created with the surrounding nature foremost in mind. As a sculptor and artist he was extremely versatile, working in various materials, but most often turning to welded steel, ferroconcrete, and wood to make his sculptures. It was the natural formations and topography that dictated the design of the sculpture and he was most interested in how his art reflected the water, trees, and rocks that were within the landscape or viewable from an interior placement. He brought ideas of natural movement into his sculptures by depicting the gusts of wind that would sweep across the land or the current of a river. Hornecker sought to create monumental art that had a permanence within its location, working in conjunction with the natural surroundings in beautiful and inventive ways.