Iowa is the 38th state to create a monument to its workers. The sculpture represents four interlocking arms and hands, 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. It is constructed of welded bronze strips, supported by a stainless steel interior armature. The open, woven or latticed quality of the sculpture allows constant shifting sunlight to filter through the sculptural space.
Michael Stutz was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After receiving his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he attended Ulster Polytechnic in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Stutz later moved to New Orleans where he created his first sculpture designing and building large figures for the Mardi Gras parade. After three years, he moved to San Francisco and worked as a display artist and prop builder for the film and fashion industry. In 1999, Stutz completed his first permanent public art piece, “Pneumatic Dreamer” at the W hotel in San Francisco. Since then he has also completed public art projects in Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, and West Hollywood.