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Title: Expand
Name: Sculpture
Date: 2016
Medium: Stainless steel
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 108 × 48 × 36 in. (274.3 × 121.9 × 91.4 cm) Other (Weight): 402 lb. (182.3 kg)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Purchased by Reiman Gardens for the Rust Events Plaza with funds provided by Robert and Dorothy Rust. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: U2017.373
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The bright luster and sharp edges of stainless steel may at first seem unusual in the natural setting of Reiman Gardens, but this dramatic sculpture is perfectly at home in the Rust Events Plaza. The linear elements of Expand originate from the sculpture’s center and project outward, both suggesting growth and illustrating how an idea can expand limitlessly. The symmetrical form provides a sense of balance, creating a connection between individuals and nature. The plantings surrounding the sculpture echo these themes of growth and balance, which form the foundation of Reiman Gardens’ focus on plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.