In Iowa, United States
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Iowa Workers Monument
Iowa is the 38th state to create a monument to its workers. The initial originators of the idea of a Workers Monument felt strongly that the proper credit be given to the Iowa workers strong work ethic which contributes to making Iowa a great place to live and work.
This eleven foot tall by eleven foot wide balanced square form is four interlocking arms and hands, a powerful universal image, dedicated to the energy and integrity of the Workers of Iowa. Each arm supports the other, in the same way a diverse blend of people, from many back-grounds, come together to work and create the cultural and business base of Iowa.
Built of welded bronze strips, supported by a stainless steel interior armature, the sculpture combines twisting, woven, fluidity with a bundled energy that recalls muscles and nerves and their potential for movement and feeling. The open, latticed quality of the construction allows sunlight to sparkle and dance through the sculptural space, shifting constantly between the internal and external realms. Bronze’s reflective depth, warm earth tones, and its aging patina have textural richness, and exceptional durability. (Information from the State of Iowa Website)
With that said, I always end up humming or singing the Vaseline Intensive Care (Hand Lotion Song from the 1980s) when I walk or drive by this monument.....
Vaseline Intensive Care
"Working hands, working hands, roughing up your skin. Vaseline Intensive Care helps the healing begin." Jingle sung by a chorus line of average people in an open field & clapping hands in time to the music. Ca. 1980.
Here is another Vaseline Tidbit: http://www.damninteresting.com/story-of-vaseline/
Part of the Iowa Capitol Complex Series:
Not Grimey (GC32R82)
May Peace Prevail (GC34XWY)
I’m looking over… (GC32WQ1)
Work Hands (GC3V3MQ)
Park, Not Parking Lot (GC3V3MX)
USS S-36 (GC3V3N3)
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Last Updated: on 9/25/2014 7:21:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:21 AM GMT)
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