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Media & Community Advisory: World Premiere "Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights"

October 16, 2018

Who: Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

What: The Public Art Foundation proudly introduces a temporary, site-specific, public art project called “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights.” Created by internationally recognized artist Oyoram (aka Yorame Mevorach), this public art project launches a new art form in Iowa. The artist uses 3D video mapping technology to push visual boundaries. Constructed and animated images colorfully and dramatically transform the (72 x 164 ft) Beaux-Arts building facade.

When: Sunday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will last 10 minutes.

Where: The site is the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on the west bank of the Des Moines River at 100 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines. The project can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the east exterior face of the building.

Details: Mapping architecture goes further than a simple projection of content matching the size of the building. It captures the space, the architecture details, and the ambiance that emerges from the location. This groundbreaking spectacle, “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights,” engages the public with an expression of rhythm and form that reveal a story: the building’s historical function as a library and cultural center melds into a new vision of the Hall of Laureates. The experience will be recalled in the mind of the viewer—a thrilling visionary feast between real architecture and a virtual tale.

Credit: “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights” was created by Oyoram (aka Yorame Mevorach). The music score was in collaboration with Rhakeem Alpoe (aka Shaquille Phillips), Jack Gallup and Melvin Veach. Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation organized and funded the October 14 and 16, 2018 presentation, with in-kind support from CLE Productions, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc., and The World Food Prize Foundation.

Media: If you wish to go live during any of the events or set up interviews please contact Liz Adelman at liz@adelmandeangroup.com or call 515-802-0603 to make arrangements in advance.

About Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation places art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations, adding to the cultural record through its collections and educational programs.