The first artwork has been installed in the World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.
Four lunette murals were installed this week under the recently restored skylight in the rotunda of the building. They depict the four seasons of World Food Prize founder Norman Borlaug's life: his beginnings growing up on a farm outside Cresco, Iowa; his early work in wheat breeding in Mexico; taking his developments to India and Pakistan to alleviate hunger; and his attention to the current challenges of hunger in Africa.
Artist Gregory Manchess painted the four pieces, and they were then enlarged onto pieces of canvas and hung in the rotunda. They will be among the more than 100 pieces of art in the building, which will tell the stories of agricultural and humanitarian heroes, and help educate people about the ongoing fight to end hunger in the world.
This is part of the ongoing restoration of a Des Moines landmark, the former Des Moines Public Library. Thanks to the vision of John Ruan III, this builidng will become the headquarters of the World Food Prize, will honor those who have made great achievements in the fight to end hunger, and will educate future generations about global food security issues.