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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Coralville 150th Anniversary Art Project

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Larger-than-life historical Coralville photos will be wheat-pasted onto buildings in June. Student volunteers are needed in May and June.

Rich History
The Coralville Public Library is overseeing a public art project this summer in honor of the City of Coralville’s 150th anniversary, which celebrates Coralville's rich history and bright future. Led by artist Isaac Campbell, the project will have multiple phases. The first phase includes wheat pasting larger-than-life historical Coralville photos onto buildings around town, highlighting Coralville’s rich history. 

Wheat paste is an ephemeral biodegradable glue made from three simple ingredients: flour, water, and sugar. This glue is used to adhere large printed paper rolls to surfaces, such as buildings. When it comes time to remove the mural in approximately 3-6 months, the images can be washed off with a pressure washer.

Test swatches using Coralville's 150th anniversary logo were wheat pasted this spring on the sites of future large installations. Community members are invited to hunt for these swatches before they are removed late the week of May 22. Watch for the larger installations in June.

Learn about Coralville's wheat pasting art projects

Inside Out Project
The second phase of the project is part of the Inside Out Project. The Inside Out Project is a global art platform. Communities around the world display large-scale black and white portraits of community members in public spaces, and the installations are documented and shared online. For Coralville's Inside Out Project, larger-than-life portraits of students will be pasted onto the buildings of Northwest Junior High, Kirkwood Elementary, and Coralville Central Elementary to highlight the bright future in our community. Learn about the Inside Out Project

The library is looking for students to participate in this project. Interested students are invited to attend an event where their portraits will be taken. The students will also be invited back to help install the portraits in June. Participation requires a permission form to be signed by a parent or guardian. Students may join one of the following opportunities for photos:

For more information about volunteering for this project, contact Ellen Hampe Alexander, Assistant Library Director, at or call 319.248.1850.

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