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Interactive exhibit entertains at Waterloo Center for the Arts

Waterloo (KWWL) - A new exhibit at the Waterloo Center for the Arts is appealing to people of all ages and all walks of life for one main reason: entertainment.

Mechanical sculptures of Steve Gerberich are on display.

"Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys. A fun title to reflect the fun and active nature of the exhibit. Steve Gerberich grew up near Des Moines. After graduating from UNI he went to New York to make a name for himself," said Waterloo Center for the Arts Curator Kent Shankle.

Gerberich did make a name for himself using his mechanical sculptures in window displays for stores like Macy's. Now Gerberich and the Waterloo Center for the Arts are proud to bring some of his work home.

It took three semi trailers and nearly three weeks to set up the 30 interactive exhibits. You can see an orchestra in action, a wooden cow being milked and make your own wind power.

"The materials he chooses at first may seem random or arbitrary. It may look at first like something you'd find in the corner of your garage, but then when you look at various elements it makes sense. There's meaning there," said Kent Shankle.

Gerberich said he finds materials everywhere. He stores his gadgets, whatchamacallits and thingamajigs in New York and several barns in Iowa.

"I've got the oddest collection of materials here in my studio," said Steve Gerberich in a phone interview from New York.

But not everything is odd. Two swaying palm trees are made from old plastic restaurant cups.

"I combine odd with usual and custom fit everything," said Gerberich.

Between the bowling pin factory, catching the big one and playing the saxophone., Gerberich guarantees his mechanical art will entertain you.

"If I don't get you with one of these machines, I'll refund your money," laughed Gerberich.

You can see the interactive art for yourself, Tuesday through Saturday at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The exhibit is on display through January 18. On January 16, Gerberich will be in town for a gallery talk.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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