By Mary Snyder Behrens

Vision Dysart, a steering committee of the Dysart Development Corporation, is pleased to announce that it has received a Project Grant of $2800 from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grants from The Dysart Community Foundation and the Dysart Development Corporation helped with the 25% cash match portion for the grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

The city of Dysart will soon have a new visual illusion artwork in the park. The construction of a Magic Cylinder reflecting a koi pond will begin in late July. The construction will consist of a circular concrete slab painted to resemble a koi pond that is stretched in an anamorphic distortion. In the center of the painting, a mirrored cylinder will be mounted. When the reflection is viewed in the cylinder, the anamorphic distortion will be corrected. It is believed to be the only anamorphic cylinder in Iowa. This illusion will be the third Dysart Illusion and part of a long-term strategy to have as many as 20 illusions installed throughout the city by 2023 when Dysart celebrates its sesquicentennial.

The Iowa Arts Council empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by cultivating creativity, learning and participation in the arts. Art Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. Funding for the Art Project Grant program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.