Because the Fountain of the Four Seasons in being restored and replaced, I made two trips to photograph it before it left. I already shared the pictures I took during the day. Here I’m going to share the pictures I took at night. But first, here is some information about the restoration and replacement from the Iowa State University Memorial Union website:
The Fountain of the Four Seasons by Christian Petersen, Iowa State’s artist-in-residence from 1934-55, has been an iconic landmark on campus for 80 years. The fountain and pool itself were donated by the VEISHEA committee in 1937 and the Maidens were added later in 1941. This beautiful fountain at the north entrance of the Memorial Union is cherished by students and campus visitors alike, typically being a popular spot for graduation photos, or a place to relax between classes. The President’s Office has commissioned a conservation project to place the original 1941 Maidens from the Fountain of the Four Seasons indoors and have a replica carved and placed in the fountain.
Once the replicas are completed, the original Maidens will return to campus and be placed in a building yet to be determined by University Museums. The replicas will also be installed onto the fountain. This project is estimated to be done by Fall 2023. However, the replicas will need to cure for 30 – 40 days upon installation. Due to this being close to the winter season, the fountain will not be turned on until Spring 2024.
Here are the pictures:
The campus won’t be the same until the fountain returns.