Artists Invited to Submit Designs for Herky on Parade 3
Herky on Parade, the wildly popular public art project from 2004 and 2014, returns in spring 2024 with a new pose. Think Iowa City is currently seeking local and regional artists to submit designs to bring the new 75 sculptures to life. Design submissions are open now until Dec. 1, 2023.
In summer of 2024, the 75 completed Herky sculptures, sponsored by local companies and organizations, will make their appearance across Johnson County for the public to visit. Each sculpture will be painted with a unique, creative design for all to enjoy. Following the exhibit, the six-foot-tall Herky sculptures will be auctioned to benefit a local charitable organization.
The design application includes a blank outline of the Herky sculpture for artists to sketch their design, and an opportunity to describe the design and materials proposed. The fiberglass Herky may be painted, sculpted, transformed and adorned. Artists who submit a design that is approved and selected by a sponsor will receive a stipend when they pick up their blank sculpture, and an honorarium upon artwork completion. After the sculptures have been completed by the artists, the project organizers will have the sculptures clear coated with automotive lacquer prior to the public display.
Herky on Parade, presented by GreenState Credit Union, is the largest public art project Iowa has ever produced. Herky on Parade is a cooperative effort between the University of Iowa Department of Athletics; the Cities of Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, and Tiffin; Think Iowa City and the Iowa City Area Sports Commission.
To apply, learn more or download an application packet, visit herkyonparade3.com, email [email protected], call (319) 337-6592, or stop by Think Iowa City’s office, 900 1st Ave. in Coralville. The deadline to apply is noon on Dec. 1, 2023.