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Model of proposed design for UI skywalk to be displayed July 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Public work artist Siah Armajani will visit the University
of Iowa Thursday, July 24, to display a model of his proposed design for
a skywalk to connect the existing Biology Building with a soon-to-be-constructed
biology building. Members of community organizations, the general public
and the media are invited to view the model at 2 p.m. in the Lasansky Gallery
of the UI Museum of Art.
The new biology building will be located northwest of the intersection
of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue and will be connected to the existing
Biology Building by a skywalk spanning Dubuque Street north of Iowa Avenue.
"It is Mr. Armajani's practice to obtain comments from the public
concerning his projects while they are in the design stage, so we are inviting
representatives of a number of community and downtown groups and organizations
to participate in this review process," said Richard E. Gibson, UI
associate vice president and director of the Facilities Services Group.
Since Armajani began designing bridges in the late 1960s, he has become
recognized internationally for his exceptional artistic use of the bridge
form in civic complexes. He was commissioned to design the flame tower
and bridge for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also designed the
Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, a pedestrian bridge connecting the Walker Art
Center with Loring Park in Minneapolis. And with architect Cesar Pelli
and the late Scott Burton, he designed the 3.5 acre World Financial Center
Plaza in Lower Manhattan. (A Scott Burton sculpture is located in the
court yard of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.)
Armajani began designing bridges in the late 1960s. His most recent
work includes Glass Bridge No. 2, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville,
Tenn.; Two Bridges for Kentucky, Louisville, Ky.; Three Skyway
Bridges for City of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; and The Beloit Fishing
Bridge, Beloit, Wis. Other recent commissions include Bow-Front
Balustrade for Washington National Airport, Arlington, Va.; and Garden
Part III, Villa Arson Museum, Nice France.
The artist is a resident of St. Paul, Minn. and received his bachelor's
degree from Macalester College in 1963.