Garden of Iron Mirrors by Andrea Stanislav

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The 2007 sculpture “Garden of Iron Mirrors” by University of Minnesota assistant professor of sculpture Andrew Stanislav encourages people to stop and engage the work. At the very least the sculpture’s polished mirror surfaces offer a chance to check your hair.

Located next to the Education Sciences building on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, the sculpture is comprised of seven boulders, several of which have polished steal surfaces that act as mirrors. From the right angle the mirrors can reflect grass and sky and make the rock practically disappear. Four of the boulders are located in the grassy area next to East River Road and three more are in the back garden overlooking the Mississippi River.

The University of Minnesota offers some perspective on the sculpture:

The formation of rocks on the grassy knoll is patterned to the points of a compass: The stone facing east reflects sunrise and the one facing west reflects sunset, while the north and south rocks have polished surfaces that reveal the brownish swirls of the iron-bearing taconite inside them.

The sculptor Stanislav also offers her own perspective:

“There’s definitely an inspiration from ancient rock formations, Japanese and Chinese landscape design, as well as my own practice using mirrored and reflective surfaces. … As far as rocks go, they have been aged–these rocks are over two billion years old. For me, [the polished surfaces] are like looking into this window of the past. Aesthetically, too, they are an echo of the river next to it … the rocks are not just an ornamental sculpture, but a space that people could engage with and spend time at.”

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