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Release: Jan. 28, 2000

Museum hosts exhibition of models by skywalk architect Armajani

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will feature "Siah Armajani," an exhibition of drawings and models by the internationally known artist and designer who designed the Iowa City "Bridge for Iowa" skywalk, Saturday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, May 28 in the West Gallery of the museum.

In conjunction with the exhibition Armajani will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. This is the third in the series of lectures on "What Makes It Great?" sponsored by the library in conjunction with Hancher Auditorium's Millennium Festival.

Armajani will also attend an opening reception for the Spring exhibitions from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the museum. Other spring exhibitions being celebrated at the reception are "Reading Meaning: Graphic Symbols in African Art," "Carved Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil," "Cultural Pleasures and the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Edo Period" and "From Hayter to Pettibon: American Workshop Prints."

Armajani, a resident of Saint Paul, Minn., is known for his designs for functional public art. Among his most prominent projects were a bridge and a tower designed for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. That same year he became the first major sculptor to be commissioned for the cauldron housing the Olympic flame.

Armajani is best known for his bridge designs. These include the Irene Hixon Whitney bridge in Minneapolis, which spans 16 lanes of state highways and city streets, and "Bridge for Iowa," now spanning North Dubuque Street in Iowa City. Models of both are included in the exhibition.

Another of the models in the exhibition is a study for skyway bridges in Leipzig, Germany, connecting three buildings and supported by columns made from terra cotta jars.

Armajani's projects run from the urban to the comparatively rustic "Glass Bridge," which will span a creek on the grounds of the Cheekwood Museum in Tennessee. Other models on display include "Bridge Over a Tree" (Minnesota, 1970); "Strasbourg Bridge," a pedestrian bridge over the Lille River in France (2000) that is adorned with statues; and the "Fifth Bridge" (New York, 1979), a truss bridge in the Bronx.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

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