New sculpture installed outside of Rod Library

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new large-scale sculpture was installed Friday, April 29, next to Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The project was funded by donations from Satch and Karen Mukai as part of their contributions to library renovations.

The sculpture, titled “Culminata,” was designed by Daniel Perry, a professor, with the help of students and donors. After the design was complete, Perry, the Public Art Incubator and UNI students Dallas Guffey, Jacob McGinn and Tim Jorgenson fabricated the sculpture in the summer of 2015.

The base of “Culminata” is an open book, with a spiral staircase of books that wraps around the figurative backbone of the university and leads to a flame on the top symbolizing the climb to achievement. The concrete was poured for the sculpture in the fall of 2015, but weather postponed the final installment.

For more information, contact Perry at or 319-273-2003.


Daniel Perry, professor, sculpture, 319-273-2003,

Sarah Pauls, marketing manager, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, 319-273-2817,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,