• 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

  Mitchell Squire

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

  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

Featured Artists this Month


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli


 born Japan, 1942
 American


 1958
 American


 born 1944
 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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This public art work, RAGBRAI: River to River honors two individuals, John Karras and Donald Kaul, who founded RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. #DSMPublicArt 
https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/ragbrai-river-to-river/

This public art work, RAGBRAI: "River to River" honors two individuals, John Karras and Donald Kaul, who founded RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. #DSMPublicArt
dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/ragbrai-river-to-river/
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Posted 4 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook

Carrie Duffy Nelsen, this is that sculpture at water works.

Happy Easter 🐰 to everyone who is celebrating today! 

To learn more about #MiffyFountian and artist @tomsachs please visit: https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/miffy-fountain/ 
#dsmpublicart #happyspring #happyeaster #dsmusa #tomsachs #publicart

Happy Easter 🐰 to everyone who is celebrating today!

To learn more about #MiffyFountian and artist @tomsachs please visit: dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/miffy-fountain/
#dsmpublicart #happyspring #happyeaster #dsmusa #tomsachs #publicart
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Posted 1 month ago
“LOVE” ❤️
Artist: Robert Indiana

An icon of American Modern Art — LOVE — 1969-1999, is the signature work of art by artist Robert Indiana.

The word Love in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter “O”.

Beginning in 1964, Indiana began to create images and objects using the word LOVE. Indiana maintained that a single word could be a viable subject of art by harnessing its emotional charge and the power of language.

With the universality of the word and subject in mind, the Museum of Modern Art selected his image of LOVE as its Christmas card in 1965, and the US Postal Service created a stamp with the image in 1973. It was quickly adopted by the “love generation” and enjoyed mass appeal, which continues today.

Other works in the edition of this particular format and colors are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern in London. Many museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others, hold additional works by the artist.

Many versions of Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture that exist worldwide (1969–1999). The first rendering of it in sculpture was made in 1970. Sculptural versions now appear in urban centers around the globe. Variants employ the Hebrew, Chinese, Italian and Spanish languages, as well as the original English language. #LOVE #lovesculpture #allyouneedislove #happyvalentinesday #dsmpublicart ❣️

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/love/

“LOVE” ❤️
Artist: Robert Indiana

An icon of American Modern Art — LOVE — 1969-1999, is the signature work of art by artist Robert Indiana.

The word Love in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter “O”.

Beginning in 1964, Indiana began to create images and objects using the word LOVE. Indiana maintained that a single word could be a viable subject of art by harnessing its emotional charge and the power of language.

With the universality of the word and subject in mind, the Museum of Modern Art selected his image of LOVE as its Christmas card in 1965, and the US Postal Service created a stamp with the image in 1973. It was quickly adopted by the “love generation” and enjoyed mass appeal, which continues today.

Other works in the edition of this particular format and colors are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern in London. Many museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others, hold additional works by the artist.

Many versions of Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture that exist worldwide (1969–1999). The first rendering of it in sculpture was made in 1970. Sculptural versions now appear in urban centers around the globe. Variants employ the Hebrew, Chinese, Italian and Spanish languages, as well as the original English language. #LOVE #lovesculpture #allyouneedislove #happyvalentinesday #dsmpublicart ❣️

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/love/
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Posted 3 months ago