Discovering the Moth at ISU

July 14, 2014  |   Feature
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Moth is a sculpture of contrasts. The material (marble) that Mac Adams chose is heavy and full of mass, but his subject (moth) is delicate and small. The work of art appears simple, but layers of meaning add depth and complexity. The moth itself, the focal point of the work of art, is in reality not present as a positive form at all, but is visualize through the negative spaces in the work of art.

Grace Murray Hopper (1906 –1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer).
Grace Murray Hopper (1906 –1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

Grace Hopper’s work the theme of this public artwork: She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer).

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THE MOTH

The Moth is located at the exterior west entrance of Coover Hall — the computer engineering complex at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames.



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