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Fountain of the Four Seasons


Photo by Chris Gannon


The Fountain of the Four Seasons is an iconic landmark at Iowa State University with its imagery associated with campus as much as the Campanile, Lake LaVerne, and Cy. This work of public art contributes significantly to the beauty for which this land grant institution is known. The Fountain of the Four Seasons is often included in photos and videos celebrating milestones for Iowa State, for the campus community, and for individuals. Because of its importance, it is essential that the Fountain of the Four Seasons is properly preserved and maintained.

It is time for conservation of the Fountain of the Four Seasons. This page will stay updated about this process with the latest information. Click on a subject below to expand.

Fountain of the Four Seasons

  • Significance of the "Fountain of the Four Seasons"
  • "Fountain of the Four Seasons" History
  • Art on Campus Collection
  • What is happening to the fountain/pool?
  • Where are the "Maidens" now?
  • Timeline for this Project
  • Why is the "Fountain" being replicated and conserved now?
  • Legacy of Preservation and Conservation
  • How does this affect events, activities, and access at the Memorial Union?
  • Will the "Fountain" be there for graduation photos?
  • How can I help?

Fountain of the Four Seasons, 1941
Christian Petersen (Danish-American, 1885-1961)
Bedford limestone, terra cotta
Commissioned by Iowa State College. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. U88.69
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