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Union students pitch in with Dysart Gorge
May 24, 2018

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Approximately 30 students from Union High School took a field trip down to Dysart to help along the progress of the Great Dysart Gorge anamorphic art piece down Main Street on Monday, May 21.

Delays in the artwork have been caused by rain on Saturday and drizzle as the students arrived in town. Despite the condition, students help draw lines down the street, dry the street off with leaf blowers and heaters, and covered their hard work with tarps.

"Every line we marked is assigned a portion of the gorge design all down to our vanishing point," Behrens said. "We will go in between the lines and paint, then finish it off with highlights and shadows to give the painting the illusion of depth."

Originally, all of the line work was supposed to be done on Saturday to allow students to help with some of the painting work. Despite this not neccesarily being the most exciting part of the process, students were eager to help after hearing about the project over the past month.

"Someone showed me a picture of what it's going to look like and I honestly thought it would be harder to make until Mary explained it to us," Jayden Jolley, a student at Union said."I heard this will be the first anamorphic project in Iowa, so I think it's super cool that we're able to be a part of this project. When this is all done, it will be a great oppurtunity for visitors to come see Dysart."

Camden Zeien, a junior at Union and a resident of Dysart, also heard about and the project and wanted to be a part Union entourage working on the gorge. Zeien and her classmates helped put down the markers for the lines, carefully tracing them with cardboard.

"I saw what it's supposed to look like and I haven't seen anything like it before," Zeien said. "I'm excited to see the end results. It's cool to see the whole community helping and donating. I'm excited to be a part of this."

While most of the Union students, like Holly Wandschneider, were not from Dysart, they were excited to see the work firsthand and contribute however they could.

"This is a cool project to be a part of," Wandschneider said. "I think it's going to be really positive for Dysart in general to have art like this. It's awesome that we had so many kids come out and help today. When it's all finished it's going to be really good."

Behrens hopes that weather will cooperate going forward in order to finish the painting on Wednesday. She believes once the painting gets going, the process will be far quicker than people would imagine. The help of the students was also greatly appreciated.

"It was great to have the student's help with this project because it's a good experience for them," Behrens said. "We had redo these lines and it's good for them to see the pitfalls that come with working on large scale projects."

To see more of how the Great Dysart Gorge came together and about future projects, check dysartillusions.blogspot.com.

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