Dimensions: 48 × 38 × 72 in. (121.9 × 96.5 × 182.9 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased by Reiman Gardens from the “Iowa, Naturally” exhibition. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Planted in the shade of the catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) trees, Pods is a dramatic companion to the natural elements of the Dunlap Courtyard in all seasons. The sculpture’s shape echoes the trees’ long, thin seedpods that persist through the winter, while the rust-colored surface creates a striking contrast to eruptions of orchid-like white blooms in spring. Later, the catalpas’ large, heart-shaped leaves provide relief from summer suns, as well as a backdrop to the angular sculpture that transforms from rich green to luminous gold in the fall. With sharp upward projections, the sculpture explores themes of growth and life cycles central to Reiman Gardens’ focus on plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.