Work to begin on new ‘Ding’ Studio Exhibit
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.