University Museums

Title: Lingo
Name: Mural
Date: 2000
Medium: Aluminum, plastic and neon light tubes
Dimensions: 112 x 24 in. (284.5 x 61 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Art in State Buildings Program for the Communications Building, in the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Communications Building, East entry adjacent rm 1200
Object Number: U2000.47
More Information
Lingo uses symbols and light to communicate. Similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics,
these symbols serve as a Rosetta Stone for a language expressed through vision and
light rather than words. Many symbols in Lingo are familiar and recognizable, while
others are unreadable and mysterious, illustrating a language that needs deciphering in
non-linear methods.

Lingo is a six-foot dome with wing-like projections emanating from the center, with wing-like projections emanating from the center, and metal rings wrapping around the body. The work of art is suspended from the ceiling with cables and is lit internally with neon light that illuminates the symbols, negative space cut-outs and the surrounding ceiling.

About the Artist
Marc Moulton, a 1987 graduate of Ohio State University with a Masters of Fine Arts
in sculpture, is an instructional assistant for the sculpture program at the University of
Northern Iowa. He oversees the sculpture/ceramic studio, and the students and staff who
work in the program.Moulton has completed more than eight major commissions in the State of Iowa, including Pinnacle for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on the state capitol grounds in Des Moines. He has exhibited his sculpture in more than 52 group and solo exhibitions across the United States and has received many awards and honors.