Campus sculpture suffers damages, UI officials arranging repairs


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Iacto, the sculpture situated on the southeast side of the Adler Journalism Building, has suffered some damage, and University of Iowa officials are in the process of arranging repairs.

“It appears the primary cause of the damage was a failed anchor mechanism that had rusted out,” UI spokesman Tom Moore wrote in an email. “The anchor posts were not substantial enough to keep the sculpture in place."

Moore said Facilities Management is arranging for the Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio Inc. in Chicago to evaluate the damage undertaken by the sculpture. A recommendation for repair will be provided following the inspection. It’s also likely that the repairs will include removing the sculpture and transporting it to the company’s studio in Chicago.

Based on the conservation company’s evaluation and timeframe for repairs, UI officials expect the project’s completion to come anywhere between this spring and next summer, Moore said.

Once repairs are made, Moore said UI officials plan to construct a raised concrete base for the structure to be placed on.

Iacto, sculpted in 2004, is the creation of American sculptor James Sanborn, according to UI Facilities Management. The metallic cylinder sculpture is illuminated at night, casting shadows of the words and symbols onto the surrounding buildings. Iacto is derived from the Latin word “icatare,” meaning to cast or to throw.

Iacto is similar to Sanborn’s most famous sculpture, Kryptos, which is located at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.

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