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UI Spotlight: Ridge and Furrow

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 01, 2013 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa has its own wealth of public art, including the enigmatic boulder on the Anne Cleary walkway, affectionately called "the brain" by some UI students. Here are some facts behind the granite masterpiece Ridge and Furrow.


• Crafted by British artist Peter Randall-Page.

• Installed in 2011.
• Gets its name from the continuous ridge in the center flanked by V-shaped furrows.

• The boulder weighs 19 tons and comes from Cornwall, England.
• Randall-Page hoped to interact random matter — stone — with ordered geometry.
• He first drew the pattern
with charcoal, then clay before carving.

• The pattern is reflective of stripes on animals, like tigers and zebras.

• Randall-Page said it evokes the hemispheres of the brain: "cleft, yet connected in its labyrinthine convolutions."


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