• A Monumental Journey by Kerry James Marshall, looking north, 25 July 2018, Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
    A Monumental Journey
  • Expansion
    Expansion
  • Five Dangos
  • Bus Wrap #1: "Untitled"
  • Nomade
    Nomade
  • Swirl
  • Miffy Fountain
  • Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights
  • Bus Wrap #8: Outward
  • Pumpkin (L)
  • Liftoff

Welcome to the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation enriches lives by advancing the best of public art by placing art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations, adding to the cultural record through its collections and educational programs. We invite you to discover public art through-out the Greater Des Moines area.
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Featured Art this Month

  Mitchell Squire

 2019  |  Short-Term Collection
  Bus Wrap #10: Multiple Black

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  Tom Sachs

 2007, fabricated in 2008 from an edition of 5 (5/5)  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1955
 American


 born Japan, 1942
 American


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli

News + Initiatives Blog

Our blog posts are a growing knowledge base of insights, stories and information. Get inspired by and delve into a breathtaking array of public art.

From Our Facebook Feed

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation increasingly utilizes social media as an important method to communicate with current and prospective audiences. Facebook and other social media platforms provide diverse opportunities to share the best of public art in Greater Des Moines to people around the world.

Social media participants can witness the public art process. Followers can watch a video of installations or an interview with artists, public art professionals, and educators on particular subjects. According to the Director M. Jessica Rowe at the Public Art Foundation, people do want to see more than just having public art appear: “Rather than hoping for an audience, we want to build an audience.”

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4 months ago
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Don't miss this throwback to Alice Aycock's LIFTOFF at the Des Moines International Airport. It focuses on the sculpture's early fabrication. Also shout outs to Wolf Magritte and EE Design.
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5 months ago

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Sheena Rose is a contemporary artist from Barbados. Her bright and vivid art can be found inside bus shelters at 6th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington as well as College Avenue. Come and have a look.

Sheena Rose is a contemporary artist from Barbados. Her bright and vivid art can be found inside bus shelters at 6th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington as well as College Avenue. Come and have a look. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

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I’ve seen them! They’re beautiful!

Sheena Rose is a contemporary artist from Barbados. Her bright and vivid art can now be found in bus shelters along 6th Avenue, between Jefferson and Washington as well as College Avenue. Come have a look.

Sheena Rose is a contemporary artist from Barbados. Her bright and vivid art can now be found in bus shelters along 6th Avenue, between Jefferson and Washington as well as College Avenue. Come have a look. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
Sometimes looking back can be incredibly interesting, especially when its LIFTOFF. Photo credits, Eric J. Salmon.

Sometimes looking back can be incredibly interesting, especially when it's LIFTOFF. Photo credits, Eric J. Salmon. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
While this morning wasn’t windless, it was nice enough to continue installing, THRESHOLD, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. It’s almost done.

While this morning wasn’t windless, it was nice enough to continue installing, THRESHOLD, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. It’s almost done. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago
A new leaf has blown into town. Juanjo Novella’s large-scale, THRESHOLD, has arrived at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The installation will be completed on Wednesday, December 15.

A new leaf has blown into town. Juanjo Novella’s large-scale, THRESHOLD, has arrived at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The installation will be completed on Wednesday, December 15. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

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Could be too windy tomorrow to install safely. Looks really cool.

That looks really cool. Can’t wait to see it.

I love this!