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Work to begin on new ‘Ding’ Studio Exhibit

By Staff | Aug 14, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED A 3-D mural will honor Darling's contributions to conservation through the Federal Duck Stamp Program he created. Artist David Williams of Wingin' It Works in North Carolina, who created the refuge's award-winning bathroom wildlife mural, has been hired to design and craft the mural.

This month, construction will begin on a remastered exhibit in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, devoted to Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling. The new exhibit will upgrade the existing re-creation of the artist’s studio at the Des Moines Register, from where he penned thousands of cartoons for the daily newspaper, syndicated across the United States. The new highlights will include a hands-on feature that allows visitors to draw at his re-created desk and a new 127-by-98 mural centered around a blowup of the first 1935 Duck Stamp, drawn by Darling, with 3-D ducks flying out from it. Since its inception, the Duck Stamp Program has raised funds enough to preserve more than 5.7 million acres of wildlife habitat.