Iowa City Parks and Recreation staff will unveil a new mural at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in conjunction with the monthly Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The mural is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art program and based around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
The mural, "Exploring Iowa’s Renewable Energy," uses visual, sound, and tactile elements to provide visitors with an interactive experience that spotlights Iowa’s Green Energy potential. Visitors activate light, sound, and wind in a graphically displayed Iowa landscape. Turning a hand crank moves a windmill, covering the solar panel affects the building lights, and touching the river activates light and sound. The mural was created by a team of students and faculty members from the University of Iowa who represent a broad range of disciplines including Computer Science, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Emerging Technologies and Sculpture, Photography, Art and Art History, and Digital Media in Performance. The UI team includes Kyle Rector, Stephen Baek, Daniel Fine, Daniel Miller, Yifan Du, Colleen Reynolds, and Jon Winet. Additionally, photographer Dana Keeton contributed to the project.