What is the Cost of Raising a Child?
WHAT IS THE COST OF RAISING A CHILD? (2003) Why Opportunity Works (WOW) Center in the Extension 4-H Youth Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Dimensions: 15″ x 15″
Commissioning Agency: University Museums, Iowa State University
The WOW Center houses the university extension services and serves as meeting place and
display area for 4-H activities. The terrazzo labyrinth floor depicts the guiding principles
of 4-H in the inlays. Centerpieces of hand-carved bronze inlays show the head, heart,
hand and health/extension that make up 4-H. The text within each bronze medallion reflects
the nature of the questions that the University Extension staff answers such as: What
is the cost of raising a child? With artist Brad Kaspari, Braaksma collaborated closely
with building users and 4-H youth to select and portray images important to the groups.