CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Honoring Norman Borlaug

He’s Iowa’s greatest humanitarian. Tomorrow, a seven foot bronze statue of Norman Borlaug will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol.

“He’s got an interesting chin. I like the way his eyes are set. He’s got a really beautiful smile. Gentle,” says Slater artist Dick Shook.

Shook tries to convey Borlaug’s character on canvas for the World Food Prize. He’s just getting started on his latest creation to capture the legacy of the man who developed high-yielding, drought and disease resistant wheat.

Borlaug would have turned 100 on March 25th.

“This is an individual who has saved more than a billion lives and who has saved more lives than any other individual who has ever lived ,” says Mashal Husain, Vice President of The World Food Prize Foundation.

It took years of work behind the scenes to get the statue for Borlaug.

“There is a tremendous amount of excitement and the momentum has been building over the last several weeks and tomorrow we want to share all of this with Iowans,” says Husain.

View the schedule of events at The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates at 100 Locust St. in downtown Des Moines for Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman Borlaug.

You can also watch the LIVE installation of Dr. Borlaug’s statue at the United States Capitol here at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

 


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