NCAA Subregional Ames IA Day 2
The gold-domed Iowa State Capitol sits on a hill and is prominent from miles away in any direction.
Unfortunately we hadn't planned ahead well; it isn't open on Sundays. We'll go back Monday for a tour of the inside.
Some gold-domed details.
Antenna for receiving good thoughts.
Soldiers and Sailors (Civil War) Monument, 135 feet tall with statue of "Victory" on top. Various generals and admirals around the base. Also a naughty lady, but we didn't see her at the time.
The bare white trees (beeches?) are a striking feature of the countryside.
Gold-domed postcard view.
Sign for Pappajohn Sculpture Park, an accidental discovery as we moseyed through town.
Most of the sculptures in Pappajohn park have a strong element of whimsy.
This one has a bright light in the center, and after dark must make nice color patterns on the ground.
From inside it makes colored reflections.
Driftwood horses are a "thing". We've seen them many times, various places.
Didn't note the sculptor or name for this one which dominates the 4-acre site in mid-town Des Moines.
Sculpture park is a definite asset to an otherwise drab and unremarkable city center.
The main building of the Art Center was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1948.
Here's the front. The building rambles around a U shape with a leg extension.
This sculpture gallery designed by I.M. Pei was added in the 1960s.
Can you find the perp in this lineup?
Part of a three-story display space designed by Richard Meier and added in the 1980s. We call this image "Woman in Red on Stairway".
Art can be hard.
Another view of the Meier display space. Did we mention, driftwood horses are a thing?
Marian thought this might be a deliberate arrangement. Certainly a fortuitous one.
Andy Goldsworthy, "Three Cairns", 2002. Goldsworthy is one of our favorite artists. Go see his "Stone River" outside the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.
This is a rose garden, as bundled up for winter.
We call this "Rose in Blue Glass with Waitress". Seen in the Gallery cafe (which had very nice food, too).
Southern France, 1990
map: entire trip, 30 days.