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Color Me Herky

Inspired by the creativity of children’s coloring books, the exhibits team at The Iowa Children’s Museum created this design concept to celebrate the many things that make Iowa great. The Herky statue features coloring book-style renditions of Iowa landmarks and elements, including the butter cow, the capitol building, the field of dreams, RAGBRAI, and many other iconic features of the state we call home.

Color Your Own Herky

In alignment with the mission of the museum, children are invited to become active participants in the creative process through a Color Me Herky coloring sheet! Pick up large-format coloring sheets from the museum, or download and print one at home using the link below.

Click Here to Download The Printable Coloring Sheet

Featured Iowa Landmarks & Elements

The African American Museum of Iowa – Cedar Rapids  |  Rusty the Giant Sloth – U of I Museum of Natural History  |  World’s Largest Wooden Nickel – Johnson County  |  Iowa State Flower, Wild Rose – Statewide  |  The University of Iowa hawkeye Marching Band – Iowa City  |  World’s Largest Strawberry – Strawberry Point  |  Bald Eagle – State Wide  |  The Black Angel – Iowa City  |  Iowa State Bird, Goldfinch – Statewide  |  Butter Cow and Blue Ribbon – The Iowa State Fair, Des Moines  |  University of Iowa Wrestling – Iowa City  |  The USS Enterprise, birthplace of Captain Kirk – Riverside  |  The Field of Dreams Movie Site – Dyersville  |  World’s Largest Frying Pan – Brandon  |  Big Green Tractor – Statewide  |  Covered Bridge – Madison County  |  RAGBRAI – Across Iowa  |  World’s Largest Popcorn Ball – Sac City  |  The Fort Museum – Fort Dodge  |  Iowa Corn – Statewide  |  Geodes – Keokuk County  |  The Science Center of Iowa – Des Moines  |  Tulips and Dutch Windmill – Pella  |  Chief Blackhawk – Eastern Iowa  |  The Iowa Children’s Museum – Coralville   | The Iowa Caucuses – Statewide  |  Van Allen Radiation Belts – earth’s magnetosphere  |  Purple Cone Flowers – Statewide  |  Black Eyed Susans – Statewide  |  American Gothic by Grant Wood – Eldon, Cedar Rapids  |  The Music Man – Mason City  |  Iowa State Tree, Oak – Statewide  |  Dala Horse – Swedesburg  |  World’s Largest Coffee Pot – Stanton  |  Giant Golden Spike – Council Bluffs  |  World’s Largest Bull (Albert) – Audubon  |  Iowa Capitol Building – Des Moines  |  Iowa Lakes – Okoboji  |  Twin Bing Candy – Sioux City  |  World’s Largest Truck Stop – Walcott  |  Clark Tower – Winterset  |  Unesco City of Literature – Iowa City  |  The University of Iowa Football Herky – Iowa City  |  Iowa Rivers – Statewide  |  World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome – Ames  |  Wilton Candy Kitchen – Wilton  |  Barn Quilt Squares – Statewide  |  Iowa Valley Scenic Byway, Lily Lake – Amana

Herky On Parade

Now celebrating its 20th year, Herky on Parade is the area’s largest public art installation. It is a cooperative effort between the University of Iowa Department of Athletics, the Cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Think Iowa City, the Iowa City Area Sports Commission, and hundreds of local artists. Proceeds from the sale of this Herky statue will benefit the mission of The Iowa Children’s Museum. Find more Herkys.

About the Artists

Color Me Herky was designed and created by Kelly Moore, Director of Exhibits, and Will Kemple-Taylor, Exhibit/Special Projects Manager, at The Iowa Children’s Museum. Their job at the museum is to create immersive and magical spaces that inspire imagination, curiosity, and active play. When not working on museum exhibits, Kelly is an avid maker, is involved in various projects and collaborations in the local arts scene, and currently serves on the board of directors at Public Space One. Will makes music and art for multisensory experiences inspired by the landscapes and relationships surrounding us.  To see more of their work, come play in our exhibits!

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