• Five Dangos
  • Bus Wrap #1: "Untitled"
  • Nomade
    Nomade
  • 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
  • Swirl
  • Miffy Fountain
  • Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights
  • Bus Wrap #8: Outward
  • Pumpkin (L)

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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

  Tom Sachs

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

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  Mitchell Squire

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

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1955
 American


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli


 1958
 American


 born 1966
 American

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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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“Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope” 
Artist/Sculptor: Lei Yixin
Located in downtown Washington, DC, the memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr.s legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. A prominent leader in the modern civil rights movement, Dr. King was a tireless advocate for racial equality, working class, and the oppressed around the world. #mlkday #publicart

“Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope”
Artist/Sculptor: Lei Yixin
Located in downtown Washington, DC, the memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. A prominent leader in the modern civil rights movement, Dr. King was a tireless advocate for racial equality, working class, and the oppressed around the world. #mlkday #publicart
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Posted 4 days ago

“All is flux, nothing stays still.”

A Greek quotation attributed to Heraclitus: “All is flux, nothing stays still”  is an appropriate way to begin to talk about Miffy Fountain. 

The sight and sound of moving water is both stimulating and entrancing. Throughout history, people have attempted to shape and control this elusive element in fountains. From the beginning, fountains have been rife with symbolic connotations.  Certain commonalities are inherent in the properties of water, but ways for its display have been far ranging. All cultures associate water with spiritual blessing.  Over centuries and across nations, artists, architects, landscape and garden designers, hydraulics experts, and engineers have collaborated to exploit the refreshing, soothing, and theatrical potential of water—with the result that fountains grace every major city in the world.

Today, fountains are often part of urban development schemes and the shift is from scenographic displays to improvisational theater.

The artist Tom Sachs @tomsachs explores the fountain’s function as an icon and metaphor.  Miffy Fountain (2007) is the first, long-term fountain which the artist has created. This public art project is integrated into Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park as a downtown oasis. 

To learn more visit: https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/miffy-fountain/
#dsmpublicart #publicart #tomsachs #miffy #miffyfountain #sculpture #artoftheday #desmoines #desmoinesiowa

“All is flux, nothing stays still.”

A Greek quotation attributed to Heraclitus: “All is flux, nothing stays still” is an appropriate way to begin to talk about Miffy Fountain.

The sight and sound of moving water is both stimulating and entrancing. Throughout history, people have attempted to shape and control this elusive element in fountains. From the beginning, fountains have been rife with symbolic connotations. Certain commonalities are inherent in the properties of water, but ways for its display have been far ranging. All cultures associate water with spiritual blessing. Over centuries and across nations, artists, architects, landscape and garden designers, hydraulics experts, and engineers have collaborated to exploit the refreshing, soothing, and theatrical potential of water—with the result that fountains grace every major city in the world.

Today, fountains are often part of urban development schemes and the shift is from scenographic displays to improvisational theater.

The artist Tom Sachs @tomsachs explores the fountain’s function as an icon and metaphor. Miffy Fountain (2007) is the first, long-term fountain which the artist has created. This public art project is integrated into Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park as a downtown oasis.

To learn more visit: dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/miffy-fountain/
#dsmpublicart #publicart #tomsachs #miffy #miffyfountain #sculpture #artoftheday #desmoines #desmoinesiowa
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Posted 2 weeks ago

Foreground: “Back of Snowman (Black and White)”, Gary Hume, 2002 
Background: Krause Gateway Center, Architect Renzo Piano
#DSMPublicArt #PublicArt #GaryHume #RenzoPiano

Foreground: “Back of Snowman (Black and White)”, Gary Hume, 2002
Background: Krause Gateway Center, Architect Renzo Piano
#DSMPublicArt #PublicArt #GaryHume #RenzoPiano
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Posted 3 weeks ago

“The new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands, it is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.” #happynewyear #goodbye2020 #hello2021 #dsmpublicart #desmoines #publicart  #freshstart #nomade #jaumeplensa

“The new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands, it is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.” #happynewyear #goodbye2020 #hello2021 #dsmpublicart #desmoines #publicart #freshstart #nomade #jaumeplensa ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 weeks ago

“Panoramic Awareness Pavilion”
 Artist: Olafur Eliasson @studioolafureliasson 
“To a great extent it works as an orientation device, said Eliasson. It works with this idea of dividing the view either from the inside or as you walk around it as a color centre. Walking through the city or the parks paths, you know when you’re in the blue area, then the purple, then the orange. I think it’s a measurement machine that indicates your movement. It’s almost a functional idea of mapping and a number of my works play around with or question our sense of orientation. I think once we establish a contract or an idea about where we are and how we are, we also establish the ability to evaluate where we are and maybe even criticize the nature of being in a certain place. (Interview with OLAFUR ELIASSON In Disegno.Dailycom) 

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/panoramic-awareness-pavilion/ #dsmpublicart #publicart #olafureliasson #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #sculpture #colorblock

“Panoramic Awareness Pavilion”
Artist: Olafur Eliasson @studioolafureliasson
“To a great extent it works as an orientation device," said Eliasson. "It works with this idea of dividing the view either from the inside or as you walk around it as a color centre. Walking through the city or the park's paths, you know when you’re in the blue area, then the purple, then the orange. I think it’s a measurement machine that indicates your movement. It’s almost a functional idea of mapping and a number of my works play around with or question our sense of orientation. I think once we establish a contract or an idea about where we are and how we are, we also establish the ability to evaluate where we are and maybe even criticize the nature of being in a certain place." (Interview with OLAFUR ELIASSON In Disegno.Dailycom)

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/panoramic-awareness-pavilion/ #dsmpublicart #publicart #olafureliasson #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #sculpture #colorblock
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Posted 3 weeks ago

Do you want to build a snowman? ❄️⛄️🖤🤍 ❄️
“Back of a Snowman (Black and White)” 
Artist: Gary Hume  #dsmpublicart #publicart #snowday #snowman #garyhume #desmoinesart #desmoinesiowa #midwestliving #midwestmoment 

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/back-of-a-snowman-white/

Do you want to build a snowman? ❄️⛄️🖤🤍 ❄️
“Back of a Snowman (Black and White)”
Artist: Gary Hume #dsmpublicart #publicart #snowday #snowman #garyhume #desmoinesart #desmoinesiowa #midwestliving #midwestmoment

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/back-of-a-snowman-white/
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Posted 3 weeks ago