Courtesy of Lyda Hill Philanthropies' If/Then Initiative.

Visual Arts

NorthPark Center Will Celebrate Women in STEM with 120 Life-Sized Statues

Hundreds of life-sized, 3D printed figures will take over NorthPark's outdoor garden this May.

A monumental exhibition coming to NorthPark Center this May will highlight female leaders in STEM with 120 large, 3D printed figures–the most life-sized statues of women in one place at one time. Presented by Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ If/Then Initiative, the exhibit is the largest 3D printing project of its kind, and each of the statues represents a real If/Then ambassador. 

The massive installation will be on view throughout the mall’s 1.4-acre CenterPark Garden starting on Friday, May 1. The exhibit is partially a nod to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, but it was also inspired by a recent study that showed the jarring lack of female representation in public art. 

The study, commissioned by former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rio, showed that there are fewer than six statues of real American women on public display in the main parks and downtown areas of the 10 largest U.S. cities. 

The 120 statues coming to NorthPark will depict inspiring real women, including STEM icon Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Forbes’ AI Innovator of the Year in 2019, Allie K. Miller. There are also several Dallas-based STEM ambassadors in the mix. 

“We are thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking installation aimed at raising awareness and inspiring young girls everywhere to consider pursuing careers in STEM,” said NorthPark Center owner Nancy A. Nasher in a statement. 

Each of the ambassadors participated in individual, full-body scans at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in October 2019, which were used to create full-sized silhouettes. The statues will be presented with interactive audio and video that tells each woman’s story and explores their careers in industries like entertainment, fashion, sports, and business. 

The exhibit will be on display through October 9, 2020. Stay tuned for more details as May approaches. 

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