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

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

  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

  Mitchell Squire

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

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1985
 Caribbean


 born 1955
 American


 born 1966
 American


 born Japan, 1942
 American

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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Virtual Public Art Spotlight: Even Water by sculptor Cliff Garten

Water plays a critical role in a community’s quality of life, from public health and safety to recreation and beauty. Knowing what a watershed is and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important but rarely understood. The West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission uses public art to raise awareness of watersheds and everyday actions which residents and businesses can take to improve water quality in a watershed.

Every person who participates in and experiences Even Water can be enlightened, empowered, and proud to live in West Des Moines. Even Water is an eight-piece cycle suite of permanent sculptures installed in Raccoon River Park in 2019. It is fabricated in mirror polished stainless steel and bronze. 💧
#dsmpublicart #publicart #water #waterquality #watershed #sculpture #westdesmoines #cliffgarten #cliffgartenstudio

Virtual Public Art Spotlight: "Even Water" by sculptor Cliff Garten

Water plays a critical role in a community’s quality of life, from public health and safety to recreation and beauty. Knowing what a watershed is and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important but rarely understood. The West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission uses public art to raise awareness of watersheds and everyday actions which residents and businesses can take to improve water quality in a watershed.

Every person who participates in and experiences "Even Water" can be enlightened, empowered, and proud to live in West Des Moines. "Even Water" is an eight-piece cycle suite of permanent sculptures installed in Raccoon River Park in 2019. It is fabricated in mirror polished stainless steel and bronze. 💧
#dsmpublicart #publicart #water #waterquality #watershed #sculpture #westdesmoines #cliffgarten #cliffgartenstudio
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Posted 6 days ago

Virtual Public Art Spotlight: Zigs Zag, Zags Zig 〰️🖤〰️🤍 

Created by artist Marianne Fairbanks Zigs Zag, Zags Zig is the title of the ninth (9th) commission by the Public Art Foundation in collaboration with DART. The bus travels approximately 27,000 miles per year or 2,250 miles per month into communities throughout Greater Des Moines. These routes include Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Grimes, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Johnston.  Zigs Zag, Zags Zig was unveiled to the public on 13 March 2019 at DART Central Station. #dsmpublicart #artondart #publicart #movingart #blackandwhite #zigzag

Virtual Public Art Spotlight: Zigs Zag, Zags Zig 〰️🖤〰️🤍

Created by artist Marianne Fairbanks Zigs Zag, Zags Zig is the title of the ninth (9th) commission by the Public Art Foundation in collaboration with DART. The bus travels approximately 27,000 miles per year or 2,250 miles per month into communities throughout Greater Des Moines. These routes include Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Grimes, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Johnston. Zigs Zag, Zags Zig was unveiled to the public on 13 March 2019 at DART Central Station. #dsmpublicart #artondart #publicart #movingart #blackandwhite #zigzag
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Posted 7 days ago

Virtual Public Art Spotlight: In the Morning by abstract sculptor 
Sir Anthony Caro.

In the Morning” is a cast bronze sculpture, initially formed in clay from a model during a workshop in Upstate New York. Although Anthony Caro is best known for his abstract sculpture in steel and other materials, he is no stranger to the figure. His conversion to abstraction took place after a visit to the US in 1959, but before that, he had worked figuratively and was the assistant to Henry Moore. As well, Caro is no newcomer to ceramics. He was one of the artists participating in the New Works in Clay project at Syracuse University’s Continental Can Company in 1975 and since then clay has played an important role in several series of mixed media works.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of the entire Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation public art inventory by visiting https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/all-art/  #DSMPublicArt #PublicArt #VirtualTour #socialdistancing #inthemorning #siranthonycaro #sculpture

Virtual Public Art Spotlight: "In the Morning" by abstract sculptor
Sir Anthony Caro.

"In the Morning” is a cast bronze sculpture, initially formed in clay from a model during a workshop in Upstate New York. Although Anthony Caro is best known for his abstract sculpture in steel and other materials, he is no stranger to the figure. His conversion to abstraction took place after a visit to the US in 1959, but before that, he had worked figuratively and was the assistant to Henry Moore. As well, Caro is no newcomer to ceramics. He was one of the artists participating in the New Works in Clay project at Syracuse University’s Continental Can Company in 1975 and since then clay has played an important role in several series of mixed media works.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of the entire Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation public art inventory by visiting dsmpublicartfoundation.org/all-art/ #DSMPublicArt #PublicArt #VirtualTour #socialdistancing #inthemorning #siranthonycaro #sculpture
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Posted 1 week ago

Take a virtual public art trip around the world from the comfort of your own home!

The developers at Google have created the online platform Google Arts & Culture which is dedicated to providing public access to the collections of some of the world’s most renowned art museums by opening virtual doors to the public. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/public-art/m01v7lm?categoryid=art-movement

Take a virtual public art trip around the world from the comfort of your own home!

The developers at Google have created the online platform Google Arts & Culture which is dedicated to providing public access to the collections of some of the world’s most renowned art museums by opening virtual doors to the public.

artsandculture.google.com/entity/public-art/m01v7lm?categoryid=art-movement
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Posted 1 week ago

Social distance art tour? Experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health. Just stay six feet apart!
We have a public art app available on the Apple app store and Google Play. This app offers a fantastic experience to engage and inspire you with the best of public art in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Searching for art in public spaces? Or, perhaps youre curious about a sculpture or mural that you pass by? This interactive, multimedia application provides a self-guided tour of public art throughout the Greater Des Moines area. By exploring, you will discover the bold and distinctive styles of public art by artists from around the world. You will be introduced to a visual library that you can search by artist, title or location. #DSMUSA #DSMStrong #SocialDistance #StaySixFeetApart #DSMPublicArt

Social distance art tour? Experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health. Just stay six feet apart!
We have a public art app available on the Apple app store and Google Play. This app offers a fantastic experience to engage and inspire you with the best of public art in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Searching for art in public spaces? Or, perhaps you're curious about a sculpture or mural that you pass by? This interactive, multimedia application provides a self-guided tour of public art throughout the Greater Des Moines area. By exploring, you will discover the bold and distinctive styles of public art by artists from around the world. You will be introduced to a visual library that you can search by artist, title or location. #dsmusa #DSMStrong #socialdistance #staysixfeetapart #dsmpublicart
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Posted 1 week ago

Social distance art tour? Experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health.  Just stay six feet apart!   

We have a public art app available on the Apple app store and Google Play. This app offers a fantastic experience to engage and inspire you with the best of public art in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Searching for art in public spaces? Or, perhaps youre curious about a sculpture or mural that you pass by? This interactive, multimedia application provides a self-guided tour of public art throughout the Greater Des Moines area. By exploring, you will discover the bold and distinctive styles of public art by artists from around the world. You will be introduced to a visual library that you can search by artist, title or location. #DSMUSA #DSMStrong #SocialDistance #StaySixFeetApart #DSMPublicArt

Social distance art tour? Experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health. Just stay six feet apart!

We have a public art app available on the Apple app store and Google Play. This app offers a fantastic experience to engage and inspire you with the best of public art in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Searching for art in public spaces? Or, perhaps you're curious about a sculpture or mural that you pass by? This interactive, multimedia application provides a self-guided tour of public art throughout the Greater Des Moines area. By exploring, you will discover the bold and distinctive styles of public art by artists from around the world. You will be introduced to a visual library that you can search by artist, title or location. #dsmusa #DSMStrong #socialdistance #staysixfeetapart #dsmpublicart
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Posted 2 weeks ago

In the age of self-quarantines and social distancing, experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health.  Just stay six feet apart!  We invite you to take a social distance stroll and explore Art Route Des Moines. Art Route Des Moines unites 87 pieces of public art with an access path via artful city sidewalks and intersections. Think, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” where the sidewalk is painted with circles and chevrons leading to world-renowned sculptures, murals, and architecture — free for all to enjoy.  http://www.artroutedsm.com #ArtRouteDSM #DSMPublicArt #DSMUSA #DSMStrong @ Des Moines, Iowa

In the age of self-quarantines and social distancing, experts say that engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, biking, or running can help your mental and physical health. Just stay six feet apart! We invite you to take a social distance stroll and explore Art Route Des Moines. Art Route Des Moines unites 87 pieces of public art with an access path via artful city sidewalks and intersections. Think, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” where the sidewalk is painted with circles and chevrons leading to world-renowned sculptures, murals, and architecture — free for all to enjoy. www.artroutedsm.com #ArtRouteDSM #DSMPublicArt #DSMUSA #DSMStrong @ Des Moines, Iowa ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 weeks ago

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