Iowa Public Television will premiere a new documentary tonight, Tuesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. on "Norman Borlaug: Journey to Statuary Hall." The special documents the creative and agricultural journey of artist Benjamin Victor from the cornfields of Iowa to the marble halls of Congress. Filming on the documentary began in summer 2013 at Victor's Aberdeen, S.D., studio. Additional filming took place in January at the Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif., during the molding, casting, welding and patina process. IPTV was on hand when the story culminated in the statue's March 2014 debut in Washington D.C.'s Statuary Hall, on the 100-year anniversary of Norman Borlaug's birth.
A delegation from CALS was present at the March debut, including Wendy Wintersteen, CALS dean; David Acker, CALS associate dean of academic and global programs; Brian Castro, senior in nutritional science; Trisha Collins, senior in animal science; and Ali El-sadiq, freshman in global resource systems.
IPTV will have a second showing of the documentary on Friday, April 25, at 8:30 p.m.