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Inside Iowa State
April 18, 1997

Fore! Golf at the museum

by Anne Dolan
University Museums' newest exhibit puts a whole new spin on interactive. "Putt-Art," which opens April 23 and continues through June 8, is a 10-hole miniature golf course that combines art and sport. Three of the holes are indoors at the Brunnier Museum, six are outdoors on the lawn northwest of Scheman at the Iowa State Center, and the last hole is on the west lawn of the Farm House Museum on central campus.

The 10 holes were designed and constructed this semester by student teams of landscape architecture professor Bill Boon in a class assignment. Each hole reflects the design of an existing art piece on campus, such as the genome figures on top of Molecular Biology, "Stride," the runners in front the Lied Center, and the Left-Sided Angel in front of Parks Library. Boon said this assignment was unusual because the end products have to function well.

"Usually, I emphasize the process, which involves failure and what you learn from failing," he said.

A faculty/staff team representing University Museums, campus facilities, athletics and the College of Design judged nearly 30 proposals and selected 10 for the course. Those 10 teams each received $250 from University Museums for building supplies.

It costs $3 to play "Putt-Art," which includes the use of a putter. (You may bring your own, if you're partial to it.) The three holes at the Brunnier and the six outdoor holes at the Iowa State Center will be open during regular Brunnier hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The 10th hole at the Farm House will be open during Farm House hours, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds from Putt-Art will go to the Art on Campus Conservation Fund, which will be used to maintain campus sculptures. Fund-raisers hope to raise $1 million for the fund.

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