CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - A University of Northern Iowa graduate student has put up murals in Downtown Cedar Falls to showcase "togetherness." As a part of his master's thesis, there are nine murals in the area.
After a long year of separation because of the pandemic, we are finally starting to see the end. "Getting Back Together" is the title of the exhibition, and it's meant to make us think a little, about what we had before the pandemic, our experiences during it, and what we could gain moving forward.
"All photographs of Iowa, or of Iowans and by Iowans," UNI graduate student Isaac Campbell said.
This project is nearly three years in the works. The murals were supposed to go up last year but didn't because of COVID-19 restrictions.
"Now it's all coming together for I think what it was meant to be the whole time," Campbell said.
The murals are plastered with glue made from flour, water, and sugar, so they won't stay up forever.
He hopes people think about the connection they have to the photos, and ask themselves some questions.
"What do you want to do with the time you have left? What are things you maybe took for granted before this period? I think it's clear we have to make a change," he said.
Other UNI students and professors came together to make the exhibition possible.
Togetherness is something we all lost and taken for granted before the pandemic. Now, togetherness is something that is slowly coming back.
"We can't be disconnected and divided and I think getting back together is the key," Campbell said.
Campbell suggests starting at the mural located on the windows of the old Scratch Cupcakery location on Main Street. There you will be able to get some background information, and what you should be thinking about as you tour the murals.
He encourages people to take pictures of themselves at the murals and share on social media with the tag #gettingbacktogether.