In 2004, Herky on Parade was the largest public art project ever produced in the Iowa City/Coralville area. It was a collaboration with the University of Iowa, Iowa City/ Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Coralville and City of Iowa City.
10 years later brought 84 more Herky statues with a new pose to celebrate the 10th anniversary and an expansion to north liberty.
Weighing in at about 150 lbs and standing at 6’1”, the blank fiberglass statues arrived in December 2013 and were met by local and regional artists who transformed each Herky into works of art. There was no age limit in creating and imagining what Herky could be. Over 13 elementary schools participated in a Herky on Parade coloring contest and 8 junior high and high schools participated in designing Herkys donated by the Herky on Parade organizers. All artists put countless hours into creating works of art for this multi-city public art project. The Herkys were back “on parade” for public display May 5 through late August 2014.
The Herky on Parade Final Farewell took place on August 29, 2014 at FRYfest. Following the parade, the Herkys were put up for auction to support United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and raised over $110,000.
In 2014, the greater University of Iowa also celebrated 125 seasons of Hawkeye football and the 75th anniversary of Iowa’s 1939 Ironmen team.
Herky on Parade is the proud recipient of 6 Pinnacle Awards presented by the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA).
Awards received in the under $250,000 budget category:
Best Miscellaneous Multimedia – Gold
Best Event/Program with an Event to Benefit a Cause – Gold
Best Overall Merchandise Program – Gold (under $750,000 category)
Best Full Length TV Program – Silver
Best New Promotion Activity – Silver
Best Commemorative Poster – Bronze
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