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The lucky clovers that dot the grounds of Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive were installed in November 2015 as part of the Art in State Buildings Program. The 15 metal sculptures were designed by Des Moines artists TJ Moberg and Dennis Reynolds and provide a light-hearted, whimsical representation of lottery luck while also creating eye-catching artwork.

The clovers range in size from 12 inches up to 5 feet in diameter. Moberg and Reynolds selected a variety of materials and finishes that bring additional depth of meaning to the project.

The Art in State Buildings Program (PDF) was enacted by state lawmakers in 1979 to ensure that fine arts are a part of eligible state building construction projects. The program requires that one half of one percent of the total cost of an eligible state building project be used to include fine arts in the project. The specified budget for the lottery's fine arts project was $31,487, with an additional allowance of up to $10,000 provided by the lottery for site preparation.

See a PDF map of the clovers' locations.

1. The Lucky One.

This copper clover, 4 feet in diameter, is positioned just outside the front doors to the lottery's headquarters building. It may be the clover that everyone rubs for luck as they head inside!
The Lucky One

2. Winners, Winners, Winners.

This aluminum clover, 5 feet in diameter, is imprinted with dozens of images of the Iowa Lottery players who have won prizes through the years.

3. Lucky Numbers.

This 18-inch aluminum clover is imprinted with a jumble of digits that represent the winning numbers selected in lottery drawings.
Lucky Numbers

4. 3-Leaf, I mean, 4-Leaf Clover.

This steel clover has four leaves, but one of them clearly doesn't fit. It calls to mind an attempt at homemade luck -- someone trying to turn a three-leaf clover into a four-leaf clover. Metal strips, purposefully left free of paint to rust over time, represent pieces of tape and a Band-Aid that hold the fourth leaf in place.
Leaf Clovers

5. Arts and Culture.

This aluminum clover, 3 feet in diameter, is installed near the lottery sign in front of the headquarters building. The clover is heavily textured with layers of paint, representing the arts and culture in Iowa.
Arts and Culture

6-8. Constantly Changing.

These three aluminum clovers, which range from 3 feet down to 1 foot in diameter, are highly polished and finished with specialized paint so that they change color depending upon the angle from which they are viewed. This grouping of clovers represents our constantly changing world.
Constantly Changing

9. For The Vets.

This aluminum clover, 2 feet in diameter, is imprinted with the logo for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund (IVTF) and has five leaves, one for each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. This clover recognizes the IVTF, which receives a portion of lottery proceeds each year, and the help that the Trust Fund provides to Iowa veterans and their families.
For The Vets

10. Education Matters.

This metal clover, 5 feet in diameter, is cut from the top of an old school bus, complete with two of the lights from the bus. It represents education, one of the largest recipients of money from the state General Fund, which receives a portion of lottery proceeds each year.
Education Matters

11. Recycled.

This 18-inch clover is made from a repurposed fan. It represents the importance of recycling and reuse.

12. Iowa's Agriculture.

This 30-inch tin clover is made from pieces of an old corn crib. It represents Iowa's agricultural heritage and our state's leadership in developing new products and techniques in agriculture.

13-15. Lottery Creativity.

These three aluminum clovers, ranging in size from 12 inches to 18 inches in diameter, were painted by Iowa Lottery employees. They represent the themes of people, technology and the connections within our world in 2015.
Lottery Creativity

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