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Iowa City, IA
United States

Public Art

Bungaku no katamari (Clump of Literature)

Washington Public Library Mural, Washington, Iowa

             Libraries are conservators of the thoughts, dreams and experiences of humankind. When we are young, libraries open our imaginations, giving us the potential to alter our perception of ourselves for the better. This mural bungaku no katamari was inspired by several children’s books, as well as the video game Katamari Damacy. In the video game, a player takes the form of a ball rolling about - amassing objects small and large; eventually becoming so gigantic, they turn into a star. Readers are their own type of Katamari- not only are they the sum of their personal stories, but they are dreamers; collecting and internalizing discoveries unearthed at their library. It is my hope, every reader will discover their potential as they prepare to roll off the page with their own story, starting here: Once upon a time in Washington… 

BUNGAKU NO KATAMARI, Materials: hand-painted acrylic latex. mural (88ft x 31ft 4 inch), Nov. 2015. Images: Joshua McDevitt.

BUNGAKU NO KATAMARI (detail),   Materials: hand-painted acrylic latex, November 2015. Image: Joshua McDevitt. 

BUNGAKU NO KATAMARI (detail), Materials: hand-painted acrylic latex, November 2015. Image: Joshua McDevitt. 

Mural Work-in-progress ,   Image: Joshua McDevitt, 2015.

Mural Work-in-progress, Image: Joshua McDevitt, 2015.

Mural Work-in-progress , Image: Sally Y. Hart and kciiradio.com, Monday, September 7th, 2015.

Mural Work-in-progress, Image: Sally Y. Hart and kciiradio.com, Monday, September 7th, 2015.

project sponsored by: 

Leslie Finer, Arts Share, The University of Iowa

Nick Benson, The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, The University of Iowa

Debbie Stanton, Library Director, The Washington Free Public Library

Equipment Courtesy: 

Shawn Redlinger, Greiner Buildings, INC., Washington, Iowa

Painting supplies:

Sherwin Williams, Store #3783,  Iowa City, Iowa

pre-painting Masonry cleaning:

TK Enterprises, Washington, Iowa

Special THANKS TO:

The City Council and Community of Washington, Iowa

Debbie Stanton and Family

Stephanie A. Brohman

Washington Public Library Staff Members

Professor Susan C. White, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa

Professor Kee-Ho Yuen, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa

Ben Anzelc, Instructional Services Specialist, The University of Iowa

Angela Regas, Instructional Services Specialist, The University of Iowa

Faculty of the Japanese Language Department, The University of Iowa

CONCEPT, IMAGE AND PAINTING:

Erin Rappleye, MFA, The University of Iowa

news Links:

KCII Radio- Washington, Iowa

Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance

The Washington Evening Journal