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UNI Public Art Incubator sculpting 2014 Special Olympics torch

June 2, 2014

Dan Perry, shop technician, Kammerick Art Building, 319-273-2003,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Public Art Incubator was asked to create the 2014 Special Olympics Torch. Production is underway, and the torch will be finished during the first week of June, just in time for the Special Olympics National Games.

The 2014 Special Olympics National Games will be held in Newark, N.J. from Saturday, June 14, through Saturday, June 21. Almost 3,500 athletes will complete in 16 team and individual sports. Around 70,000 fans, family members and friends, along with 10,000 volunteers and 1,000 coaches are also expected to attend. A logo is designed by a special athlete, which is then provided to the incubator team.

This will be the second torch the Public Art Incubator has made for the Special Olympics. The design includes different pieces to be carried by athletes and attached to the torch at the opening ceremonies. Each of the pieces is inscribed with a word that represents different aspects of the Special Olympics.

"The Public Art Incubator is a way for professional artists to come and use our fabulous facilities to construct public art projects and commissions for public spaces," said Tom Stancliffe, professor of arts. "We also use it as a springboard for recent graduates who are trying to get their first commission and have a place to build it."

For more information contact Dan Perry, shop technician in the Kammerick Art Building, 319-273-2003 or