• 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)
  • Liftoff

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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

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  Mitchell Squire

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

  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 1944
 American


 born 1961
 American, Canadian


 1958
 American


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli

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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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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

4 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

1 month 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

1 month 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!

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is ready to receive its signature sculpture, Threshold, tomorrow, Monday, December 13, 2021. These pics show its size as well as how it was transported, by truck, to a ship in Spain. It has now crossed the ocean and will be permanently installed tomorrow.

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is ready to receive its signature sculpture, Threshold, tomorrow, Monday, December 13, 2021. These pics show its size as well as how it was transported, by truck, to a ship in Spain. It has now crossed the ocean and will be permanently installed tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Will have to make sure I go see this. Thanks.

Francisco Cepelludo

This is just the beginning but what a beginning. 

LIFTOFF, commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, (PAF) has arrived at the Des Moines International Airport. Created by world-renown artist, Alice Aycock, it is making its appearance after a two day journey from Fort Lauderdale, FL, where it was fabricated. 

PAF, partnering with the Des Moines Airport Authority, Liftoff is being erected and secured on a pedestal located where the airport entrance and exit meet. This signature sculpture will greet airport travelers throughout the entire holiday season and long after.

Aycock’s first proposal for PAF was in 2012, for a sculpture along the Sixth Avenue Corridor. According to board president, Tim Hickson, it remained on its art wish list because they were persistent in their intention to find a permanent location for one of her sculptures.

LIFTOFF was created from a multitude of pieces of white gloss powder coated aluminum hosting galvanized structural stainless steer interiors. It will be lit at night to continue defining its loops and spirals. It stands 20-feet high and 22-feet wide.

This is just the beginning but what a beginning.

LIFTOFF, commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, (PAF) has arrived at the Des Moines International Airport. Created by world-renown artist, Alice Aycock, it is making its appearance after a two day journey from Fort Lauderdale, FL, where it was fabricated.

PAF, partnering with the Des Moines Airport Authority, Liftoff is being erected and secured on a pedestal located where the airport entrance and exit meet. This signature sculpture will greet airport travelers throughout the entire holiday season and long after.

Aycock’s first proposal for PAF was in 2012, for a sculpture along the Sixth Avenue Corridor. According to board president, Tim Hickson, it remained on its art wish list because they were persistent in their intention to find a permanent location for one of her sculptures.

LIFTOFF was created from a multitude of pieces of white gloss powder coated aluminum hosting galvanized structural stainless steer interiors. It will be lit at night to continue defining its loops and spirals. It stands 20-feet high and 22-feet wide.
... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Comment on Facebook

We saw this at the airport this weekend, it looks spectacular coming in, and leaving it was lovely with the sunset colors!

Amazing! Can’t wait to see it in person.