AMES, Iowa (December 11th, 2020) – In partnership with the Public Art Commission of Ames and Story County Conservation, the Research Park has installed three art sculptures throughout the property.

“Monolith” by Timothy Jorgensen

“Monolith” by Timothy Jorgensen (Cedar Falls, IA) was installed in the Research Park in the Summer of 2020 as part of the Ames Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (AAOSE). The sculpture is stainless steel and is placed on the first roundabout into the Park. “Monolith is created with the idea of monolithic formations found throughout history. As the shifts break the piece into sections it creates a sense of shifting time. The piece creates the notion of a human figure to exemplify existence. It encompasses the idea of time we as humans have spent on Earth as well as the trials we have experienced,” said Jorgensen.

The Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor (TELC) is also home to two sculptures. “Dominion” by Jeff Best (Clare, MI) was installed in May 2020. It is a barbed wire sculpture in the shape of an elk on the main paved trail through the Corridor. The second sculpture, “Ascending Perspective,” is located on the patio by the ponds. It was created by Craig Snyder (Plymouth, MN). Come bike or take a walk in TELC to see the sculptures!


From the Public Art Commission:

The AAOSE is an annual program managed by the Ames Public Art Commission (PAC). This is the 25th year of AAOSE. Artists are invited to submit entries for potential exhibition. PAC juries the entries and selects approximately 8 sculptures each year for display in the downtown Ames area. Selected artists receive a stipend and a “Best in Show” winner receives an additional award. These sculptures are available for private purchase after the AAOSE display has concluded. In addition, PAC can select one or two sculptures each year for placement in neighborhoods through the Neighborhood Art Program.