University Museums

Title: Lily Pavillion
Name: Installation
Date: 2018
Medium: Stainless steel with a high performance coating, colored glass, lighting and concrete
Country/Culture: American
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Commissioned by University Museums. An Iowa Art in State Buildings project for the South Endzone Green Space. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Jack Trice Stadium, South Endzone Greenspace Plaza
Object Number: U2018.233
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This sculpture installation is located in the south greenspace, adjacent to Sukup End Zone. The plaza, which replaces a former parking lot, visually links Jack Trice Stadium to Reiman Gardens and provides a gathering space for receptions, concerts, and other special events.

Lily Pavilion was inspired by looking closely at nature and celebrates the history and connection between horticulture, ecology, biology and the first land grant college in the country, Iowa State University. With a recognized long history of plant sciences and research at Iowa State University and proximity to Reiman Gardens, the idea for the installation developed from looking closely at vascular forms and structured cellular patterns found in the "Victoria Lily" a unique aquatic plant specimen sometimes cultivated in Lake Helen at Reiman Gardens.

"It's about the opportunity of public art and this installation specifically, that celebrates a sense of wonder about the things you might see when you look closely at nature." - Matt Niebur, co-artist of Lily Pavilion

"We were honored to contribute to the Art on Campus collection at Iowa State University. ISU is an important part of both of our backgrounds, with me having taught years ago and Matt being an alumni." - David Dahquist, co-artist of Lily Pavilion