Marston art was a campus effort

"The Fifth Muse" sculpture in Marston Hall.

"The Fifth Muse" sculpture, created by Norie Sato and campus contributors, hangs in the east entry of Marston Hall. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Artist Norie Sato's third and latest campus installation dangles above the east entrance of the College of Engineering's newly reopened Marston Hall. "The Fifth Muse" -- aptly named to complement the four iconic limestone sculptures that grace the facade of the 113-year-old building -- resembles a mobile, with individually designed mixed-media objects suspended from two interconnected wheel-shaped stainless steel pieces. 

Close-up of 'The Fifth Muse' sculpture pieces.

Sato wasn't the only contributor to the artwork, which was fabricated, assembled and installed with the help of the University of Northern Iowa's public art incubator. Iowa State students, faculty and staff helped create pieces of the sculpture -- with many of them produced in campus labs and manufacturing facilities.

Campus contributors include:

Sato's other campus artworks are located in Hach Hall ("e+l+e+m+e+n+t+a+l") and the Palmer Building ("One, Now All"). "Elements of Wonder," an exhibit of her creative process is on display in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall, through through Dec. 16. Sato's work also will be featured in University Museums' Oct. 12 Artwalk. Participants should plan to meet at noon in the Palmer Building.