Clockwise from right, Tom Stancliffe, Abby Hedley and Marie Glaser of the public art incubator at the University of Northern Iowa unwrap a refabricated G-Nome earlier this week at Iowa State's exhibit space on the state fairgrounds. One of four produced in aluminum by Stancliffe's team, the G-Nome joins seven other campus works of art in "Your Beautiful Adventure," the university's state fair exhibit, Aug. 11-21.
With its mates, next month it will replace the original terra cotta G-Nomes created by Minneapolis artist Andrew Leicester but damaged by 24 years in the elements atop the Molecular Biology Building. Like the originals, two of the refabricated G-Nomes have a domed head and two have a cylindrical head. At 400 pounds each, the metal versions are roughly half the weight -- but the same 12-foot height -- of the original G-Nome sculptures.