CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa commissioned an artist to design and build a public art sculpture for the Bartlett Hall renovation project. Mike Baur's sculpture, "Redtail," will be placed in Bartlett's west interior courtyard beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, July 10.
"Redtail" is an 18-foot tall and 24-foot long sculpture designed with steel and concrete, which will last hundreds of years with no maintenance. The artist's goal was to make it large enough to command the space, yet not too large to overwhelm the viewer. Baur wanted to use details and patterns to enhance the view up close, and a unique form to grab attention from afar.
Baur, who lives in West Chicago, Illinois, is well known for his concrete and steel public sculptures. His first big accomplishment was a 200-ton concrete sculpture in Spain, which won an international competition. His other pieces are found in locations across the United States and Spain. Baur has exhibited in many museums, large-scale sculpture venues and group shows.
The Bartlett site will become a green space providing a central walkway through campus. The project is funded through the State of Iowa, Art in State Buildings Program.