"The View From our Window"

Linn County, IA

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Art Studio Overview:

"The View from our Window: Grant Wood in Iowa" What do you see from your window? Houses, barns, schools and churches? Fields of corn and hay or the rolling hillsides of the “land between two rivers?" For the artist, Grant Wood, these familiar scenes became the focus of an understanding of what it meant to be an Iowan. This Iowa Department of Transportation Rest Area facility in Linn County pays homage to the life and work of Grant Wood and the development of Regionalism in American Art that grew directly from the landscape of Iowa.

Graphic Design & Multimedia Overview:

Lighting Design Overview:

Lighting enhanced many different elements of artwork integrated throughout the Linn County Rest Area building and site. Internally illuminated “gothic windows” with images of native Iowa plant species become icons in honor of Wood’s “American Gothic” painting. The sculpture of rolling hills in the entry plaza recalls the landforms made famous in his landscape paintings, while “bales of hay” become benches.

  • CLIENT: Iowa Department of Transportation
  • COMPLETE: May 2013
  • SIZE:
    Artwork Integrated throughout building and site
  • AWARDS:
    • IIDA Great Plains Chapter - Silver Award - Product Design Division - 2013
  • View Related Project Types:
    Government