Cow-calf sculptures honor well-known Iowa State alumna



Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus of animal science, stands subsequent to the cow-calf sculpture exterior the John Deere Agricultural Constructing on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Hogberg performed a key position in getting this sculpture, in addition to two others similar to it, replicated in honor of sculptor Norma “Duffy” Lyon.

By Whitney Baxter

A decade-long venture has succeeded in honoring a well-known Iowa State College alumna and the dairy business she supported.

Earlier this summer season, three bronze cow-calf sculptures had been put in at Iowa State College’s Faculty of Veterinary Drugs, the Iowa State Honest and in Toledo, Iowa. The sculptures are replicas of the unique one, created by Norma “Duffy” Lyon, which has been on show since 1991 atop a hill overlooking the Freeway 63 and Enterprise Freeway 30 intersection in Toledo.

Lyon graduated from Iowa State with an animal science diploma in 1951. She and her husband, Joe, had been well-known within the dairy business, particularly for his or her Jersey cows. Many additionally know Lyon because the “butter cow girl,” a reputation she gained after years of sculpting life-sized cows out of butter to show every year on the Iowa State Honest.

The venture to switch the cow-calf sculpture in Toledo started about 10 years in the past, when the fiberglass sculpture started displaying indicators of pure weathering. Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus of animal science, performed a key position within the replication course of, utilizing expertise gained from Lyon’s first piece of artwork put in at Iowa State.

Within the mid-2000’s, when plans had been underway to assemble and open the brand new ISU Dairy Farm south of campus, Lyon and her grandson sculpted out of clay what is named the “Jersey Jewell,” a life-sized Jersey cow that sits exterior the doorway of the dairy facility.

 "Celebrating the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow" with information about sculptor Norma "Duffy" Lyon.
Plaques have been put in by every of the three cow-calf sculptures, telling in regards to the artist, Norma “Duffy” Lyon, who created them.

On the time, Hogberg was chair of the Division of Animal Science and had gotten to know Lyon fairly effectively. Working with Lynette Pohlman, director of College Museums, they’d the Jersey Jewell forged in bronze by a New York facility to protect Lyon’s murals.

“She studied underneath artist Christian Petersen whereas she was a scholar at Iowa State, and we needed to have considered one of her items on campus,” Hogberg stated of Lyon. “Her artwork may be very exact and correct. She had a fantastic eye for seeing the small print in all the things she created.”

For the replication of the cow-calf sculpture to change into a actuality, a mildew of the unique sculpture wanted to be made, then three copies of that mildew be forged in bronze by an organization in Kalona, Iowa. Hogberg, the Lyon household, the Metropolis of Toledo, the Iowa State Honest Blue Ribbon Basis and different donors raised the cash wanted through the previous couple of years to make this course of doable.

Now that the brand new sculptures have been put in, landscaping will probably be executed and plaques placed on show that inform in regards to the sculpture and its artist. A dedication of Iowa State’s sculpture passed off Aug. 10.

When requested how he’d assume Lyon would react if she may see the brand new sculptures on show, Hogberg stated she’d be “beaming.”

“She was a serious drive within the dairy business and giving her recognition at Iowa State and on the Iowa State Honest with these sculptures is becoming,” he stated.

The place to see the sculptures:

  • Exterior the Vet Med Subject Companies Constructing at Iowa State’s Faculty of Veterinary Drugs, 1712 S. Riverside Dr., Ames
  • On the west facet of the John Deere Agricultural Constructing on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
  • On the northwest nook of the Freeway 63 and Enterprise Freeway 30 intersection in Toledo, Iowa



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