Second public art program coincides with 10th anniversary of first event
Monday, May 5, 2014
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The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the University of Iowa Department of Athletics, along with the cities of Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty, are pleased to introduce the second edition of Herky on Parade presented by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. Eighty-three 6-foot Herky statues were unveiled at 9 a.m. Monday, May 5, throughout the Iowa City metro area.

Each Herky, in a pose resembling Superman, has been transformed by more than 50 local and regional artists (including 16 University of Iowa alumni) and sponsored by an area business.

Alumni artistry

Sixteen UI alumni contributed to the artwork on display in this year's Herky on Parade. Read what the event means to them.

“The community responded to the 2004 parade like no other event we’ve ever produced. There were a lot of families and kids who didn’t want to see the Herkys go away. We’ve been asked when we’re going to bring the Herkys back ever since,” says Josh Schamberger, president of the CVB. “With 2014 being the 10th anniversary of the first Herky on Parade, the timing seemed right.”

Herky on Parade fans are encouraged to share their photos and stay in touch with the different social media sites and applications that were not as available back in 2004. An official Herky on Parade app will be available May 5 thru Google Play and iTunes. The app will list each Herky and his exact location, provide more information about each statue, allow for photo sharing, merchandise purchases, a ranking system, opportunities for winning contests, and more.

Learn more about Herky on Parade by visiting or through the following social media pages: