My favorite Hawkeye memory was on October 25, 2009 when my wife and I traveled to Michigan State for the game. In the fourth quarter, the Spartans pulled ahead on a trick play and the fans around us believed the game was over. Iowa received the football and drove the field with very little time on the clock, then called a time out for one last play – a pass from Ricky Stanzy to Marvin McNutt on a slant pattern. McNutt caught the pass and held on as the Spartan defenders tried to pry the ball away as he fell to the ground. You could hear the air go out of the Michigan State fans as the Iowa fans celebrated a hard-earned win. GO HAWKS! – Mark Grell
about the artist
Alan is originally from Middlesbrough in northeast England and studied art at Cleveland College of Art and Design and then Sunderland University. After living and painting in Prague for 3 months painting, he returned to England and worked with TS1 Art Gallery and continued to paint. He moved to the US in 2011, got married, and now works as a manager at Money and More and is studying diamond and gemstone classes. He has painted stage sets for the Iowa Children’s Museum and Coralville Center for Performing Arts and has also participated in Iowa City’s Benchmarks project.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength, just like Herky and the University of Iowa. The cape has a wire mesh inside for support and was hardened with glue. The leaves, molded with clay, and belted leather skirt make its character come to life.