Square is a proposed public art project that is in development. Located
in the heart of the Downtown
Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, the project will
consist of an eighty-foot mural, fountain and informational kiosk
that will commemorate the conceptualization of the electronic digital
computer in Rock Island. As Dan Carmody, executive director of the
Renaissance Rock Island, said, "It celebrates the 'A-ha! moment."
For more information on this upcoming public art project contact Lori
Roderick, Community Arts Administrator for Quad City Arts.
The conceptual image above was created to give
some indication of the scope and possible direction of this public
short, Atanasoff's computer is very important to you and me. Just
as the Gutenberg press spawned an information revolution, so has the
ABC. Electronic computing technology may have been an inevitable successor
to mechanical computing technology, but it takes that first stroke
of genius -- in this case, it occurred in a roadhouse in Rock Island,
Illinois -- to start an irreversible change in the way we think.
Shawn Beattie, Educational Technology Coordinator at Augustana